Explosion at NJ military facility hurts two civilian workers

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ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (PIX11) — An explosion at a military research facility in New Jersey left two civilian employees injured Wednesday, an official at the base said.

The explosion happened at approximately 11 a.m., officials say.

A spokesman for Picatinny Arsenal said two Army civilian employees were hurt and taken to a hospital. One of the employees was evacuated by helicopter to a nearby medical facility. The other was transported by ambulance. Both sustained non-life threatening injuries.

The employees are explosives technicians who were conducting an operation on an explosive submunition, according to a press release.

Explosive ordnance disposal technicians are in the process of clearing the scene.The incident is currently under investigation and all explosives-related operations are currently suspended.

Located about 35 miles west of New York City, Picatinny Arsenal is one of the largest employers in New Jersey’s Morris County, according to the facility. It’s there that military weapons are researched and manufactured.

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PIX11’s Virginia Feinman contributed to this report.