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Explosion at PA Army depot – multiple injuries

Letterkenny Army Depot (Letterkenny Army Depot/Facebook)
July 19, 2018

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An explosion occurred at an Army depot Thursday morning.

The explosion took place at approximately 7:15 a.m. at the Letterkenny Army Depot in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, multiple news outlets reported.

Several injuries have been reported, but the total number of injuries or conditions of the victims have not yet been released.

The Franklin County Office of Emergency Management told Fox News that at least three people were airlifted from the depot after the explosion.

Franklin Fire Company confirmed that the explosion inflicted burns on three victims.

Letterkenny Army Depot is under the command of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command. It was established in 1942.

In a now-deleted post, the Letterkenny Army Depot posted an announcement on Facebook: “There has been an incident at building 350. Employees, please remain at your work area until further notified. If you are outside of the main gate, please do not attempt entrance at this time.”

The depot also requested that all employees refrain from speaking to the media about the incident.

“LEAD employees – please do not post or share any information regarding the incident at 350 on Facebook or with any media outlets. Thank you,” it posted to Facebook.

Emergency personnel said there is no threat to the public at this time.

The explosion reportedly occurred in a paint shop area, and is not considered a terrorist activity.

The depot confirmed that there were injuries as a result of the explosion, and those injured were treated by emergency personnel.

A spokesperson for the depot told the Associated Press that the “incident is contained and will not affect depot operations or workforce safety elsewhere.”