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Explosion at NSWC Crane sends 5 to hospital

Mar. 29, 2013 - 11:47AM   |  
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A spokesman says an explosion at a southern Indiana naval installation sent five employees to the hospital.

Officials had reported Friday morning that four employees were hospitalized following the explosion, but they later said five workers had been hospitalized.

Crane Army Ammunition Activity spokesman Tom Peske said Thursday evening’s explosion happened during routine cleanup operations at a pyrotechnic facility at the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center about 85 miles southwest of Indianapolis. The five injured employees were examined and released from the hospital Thursday.

Peske said the blast occurred at the facility that produces illumination mortars the military uses to provide light to soldiers. Employees follow certain procedures to clean up any loose chemical dust.

The facility has been shut down as Crane looks into the cause of the explosion.

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