Explosion rocks Camp Minden

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Courtesy of Minden Press-Herald
Bruce Franklin
bruce@press-herald.com

Louisiana State Police has reportedly dispatched their HAZMAT team following reports of an explosion at Camp Minden.

Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton, who is on scene, says the blast may have been from a storage bunker at the site. No injuries have been reported.

He says he believes there was no activity around the site at the time of the blast. He said the bunker “did what it was supposed to do.”

The bunkers are earthen storage areas holding M6 propellant.

In October 2012, a blast took out a bunker, rocking the surrounding areas. A subsequent investigation by the sheriff’s office and state police revealed more than 16 million pounds of the propellant were improperly stored by Explo Systems Inc., which was supposed to demilitarize and dispose of the propellant.

In 2013, Explo Systems went bankrupt, and earlier in September, six Explo officials are under federal indictment for an array of charges related to the explosion.

At this time, there is no word on which bunker may have blown or the extent of the damage.