Explosion rocks Naval weapons station in New Jersey

A general view of the Naval Weapons Station Earle's entrance is seen in Colts Neck, New Jersey on Tuesday.

An explosion at an ammunition depot rocked Naval Weapons Station Earle in New Jersey Tuesday morning. No immediate information on injuries was available.

An explosion on Tuesday morning rocked Naval Weapons Station Earle near the Jersey Shore, and fire trucks, ambulances and a medical emergency helicopter rushed to the scene, authorities said.

Colts Neck Township Police said there was an explosion at the base, an ammunition depot about 45 miles from New York City.

There was no immediate information about injuries, police said. A naval officer on the base declined to comment on the incident.

The base, which has a workforce of 1,500 people, has several facilities located in Colts Neck and other surrounding towns, the U.S. Navy website says. It serves as the "operational support base for five Military Sealift Commands combat logistics ships," according to the website.

Video broadcast on local television showed emergency vehicles converging on the scene.

Explosion at Naval weapons station: Locator of Naval Weapons Station Earle in New Jersey, where an explosion occurred.MSN News

An explosion occurred at Naval Weapons Station Earle in New Jersey.


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