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New Jersey US Navy ammunition depot blast injures eight

21 August 2013

The explosion and fire at Naval Weapons Station Earle, located near Colts Neck Township, about 70 km from New York City, took place in a Marine boat repair shop on the site, according to local reports. The injured included seven sailors and one civilian, according to a US Navy spokesman, with one seriously hurt in the incident.

Naval Weapons Station Earle, New Jersey - Photo: USN
Naval Weapons Station Earle, New Jersey - Photo: USN

The explosion occurred during routine maintenance on a 35-foot utility boat and the blast ripped apart both the vessel and much of the adjoining building, the spokesman said.

Stores of ammunition on the base are kept in an area separate from where boats are serviced and the explosion posed no threat to the adjoining community.

The base, which has a workforce of 1,500 people, has several facilities located in Colts Neck and surrounding towns, according to the US Navy website. It serves as the "operational support base for five Military Sealift Commands combat logistics ships," according to the website.

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