Explosion in boathouse at US Navy base injures 8
MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP, New Jersey (AP) - An explosion during boat maintenance at a US naval base on Tuesday injured a civilian firefighter and seven sailors, one of them seriously.
Seven of the eight injured people were treated at hospitals and were released. One sailor remained hospitalised after undergoing surgery for a broken arm.
US Navy officials said they were still trying to determine what caused the blast, which occurred around 9 a.m. at the Earle Naval Weapons Station in Middletown.
Navy spokesman Beth Baker said it occurred while personnel were doing routine maintenance on a 27-foot aluminum utility boat, which is used to support port operations at the base.