Redstone Arsenal Explosion|2 injured in ammo nitrate explosion

Redstone Arsenal

The Redstone Arsenal is used for munitions research. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

This morning in northern Alabama,  a Redstone Arsenal explosion rocked the area. Just outside of Huntsville, Alabama, the Redstone Arsenal explosion seriously injured two people. The Redstone Arsenal explosion will be investigated, as no immediate cause has been found. The Army will be sending emergency money to the Redstone Arsenal for help in the cleanup and investigation.

Redstone Arsenal explosion

The Redstone Arsenal explosion happened at approximately 8:45 a.m. local time on Wednesday, May 5. The Redstone Arsenal is a U.S. Army installation that specializes in Army Aviation and Missile Command. Emergency management officials have said that the Redstone Arsenal explosion occurred in Aviation Missile Research Development and Engineering Center test area 10, building 7352. The Redstone Arsenal explosion was in an area where there has been heavy demolition and testing for the last few days.

Redstone Arsenal explosion cause unknown

Currently, officials have not said there is a known cause for the Redstone Arsenal explosion. An e-mail sent out to Redstone Arsenal employees immediately after the explosion let employees know that “the situation was NOT an exercise.” The e-mail also said “ammonium nitrate and its combustion byproducts, while rarely lethal, can cause significant irritation of the respiratory tract.” Ammonium nitrate is usually used as an oxidizing agent in explosives, as well as a fertilizer.

Injuries from the Redstone Arsenal explosion

Though initial reports said that the Redstone Arsenal explosion killed one and injured one, a spokesperson for the Redstone Arsenal has said that is not correct. Emergency crews treated several individuals on the scene of the Redstone Arsenal explosion. One was flown by helicopter to the UAB Burn Center in Birmingham, Alabama. Another individual was flown by helicopter to the nearby Huntsville Hospital. A third individual was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, but that was an “unrelated general medical call.”

See initial reports on the Redstone Arsenal Explosion



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