2 injured in U.S. Army arsenal explosion

Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Two people were injured in an explosion Wednesday at a military arsenal where the U.S. Army develops weapons and conducts missile training, a base official said.

Deputy Public Affairs Officer Kimberly Henry said there were no fatalities and that all personnel were accounted for after the explosion at Redstone Arsenal.

She said one of the injured was being flown by medical helicopter to a hospital in Birmingham and one to a Huntsville hospital. Their conditions weren't immediately known.

There was no word on the cause of the explosion, which Henry said occurred in Building 7352, a test site that conducts missile and aviation research.


Redstone Arsenal, which says it employs 32,000 people on 38,000 acres (15,000 hectares) at Huntsville, is the center of U.S. Army missile and helicopter programs. The base also develops and maintains weapons systems for the Army.

It is also where the federal government provides explosives training for state and local bomb technicians and investigators. Planning for the National Center for Explosives Training and Research began in 2002 in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the center graduated its first class last year.

The explosion appeared to be at a site separate from the center.

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