LA National Guard identifies material that exploded at Camp Minden

Published: Oct. 19, 2012 at 9:38 PM CDT|Updated: May. 22, 2013 at 8:52 PM CDT
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(Source: Louisiana National Guard)
(Source: Louisiana National Guard)
(Source: Louisiana National Guard)
(Source: Louisiana National Guard)

WEBSTER PARISH, LA (KSLA) - The Louisiana National Guard has released photos from the site of Monday's explosion at Camp Minden and identified the substance that exploded.

According to a statement released Friday, the substance that exploded was a smokeless powder that does not pose a threat outside of Camp Minden.

The force of the blast from the underground bunker shook homes and businesses in Webster Parish and rattled nerves when it happened around 11:30 p.m. Monday.

The Louisiana National Guard statement recounts the chain of events as follows: "On Monday night the Camp Minden post security heard a loud sound which could have been a possible explosion. Subsequently, the post security physically surveyed the camp in accordance with established protocols and conferred with contractor tenants who stated that they were not able to confirm the origination of the sound.

Upon daylight on Tuesday morning, a Camp Minden tenant organization, Explo Inc., discovered that one of their storage areas had exploded and reported the incident to the Louisiana National Guard. Following this report, the Louisiana National Guard notified local authorities and the Louisiana State Police of the explosion in accordance with standard protocol."

The incident is under investigation by the Louisiana State Police. Investigators are poring over photo evidence from the site at the Hazardous Materials Unit in Baton Rouge. It could take weeks before a determination is made as to what caused the blast. Louisiana State Police have confirmed that there is the possibility of a violation in connection with the explosion.

The Louisiana National Guard says Explo is currently conducting cleanup operations at the site. All inquiries regarding details of the explosion and their operations have been directed to Explo, which so far has declined to comment.

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