According to Reuters, fire trucks, ambulances and emergency helicopters were dispatched to a naval station, situated in New Jersey, after an explosion rocked the area. The Navy station explosion has wreaked havoc in New Jersey, as emergency services battle to stem the resulting fires and attend to the injured.
The blast took place near Naval Weapons Station (NWS) Earle in Monmouth County, New Jersey, which houses employees totaling more than a thousand, and is approximately 45 miles from New York City. According to the naval station’s website, NWS Earle covers over 10,000 acres of land, bordering Colts Neck, Howell, Wall and Tinton Falls:
“Encompassing almost 12,000 acres in total, Earle’s ordnance mission is supported by 110 miles of railroad track, five locomotives, and over 300 pieces of rolling stock.”
Thus far, information concerning the nature of the blast has been sparse, and investigations surrounding the incident are ongoing.
According to ABC News, however, at least 4 personnel have been injured, whilst other reports suggest that the damage was isolated to the boathouse area, with the situation now thought to be stabilizing.
By: James Fenner