An explosion at a Navy explosive ordnance disposal school range aboard a Florida Air Force base Friday morning injured a contractor, but Navy officials said Friday afternoon that the individual was in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.
A post to the Eglin Air Force Base Facebook page notes that the explosion occurred at 9:45 a.m.
The contractor was airlifted to a medical facility, and local emergency crews responded to the incident, according to the base.
No students or staff at the school were injured, Navy officials said.
Navy officials said it occurred at the D-52 range, one of four demolition training areas at the school.
The Navy EOD school is staffed by members of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, and provides “high-risk specialized, basic and advanced EOD training to U.S. and partner nation military and selected U.S. government personnel,” according to the command’s site.
An investigation into the explosion’s cause is underway.
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