Arsenal: Contractor Injured In Small Explosion In AMRDEC Headquarters

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REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) - A contractor was hurt in a small explosion Tuesday morning on Redstone Arsenal.

The incident happened around 8 a.m. in Building 5400, the headquarters for Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, or AMRDEC.  This is on Fowler Road.

Building 5400 (Photo: Redstone Arsenal Public Affairs)

Arsenal officials said the man is a Dynetics employee and has supported AMRDEC for four years as an ordnance specialist.  He also conducts safety training for his team.  His name is not being released, but he is expected to recover from his injuries.

"You can tell how small the explosive device was by how little damage there was physically to the work area," said Col. John Hamilton, Garrison Commander.  "Obviously the employee was injured, but it was kind of a desk, work bench-type area, because he was dealing with very small items."

The man was taken to Huntsville Hospital by ambulance.  His wife met him there.

Terri Stover, Public Affairs Specialist with the Redstone Garrison, said preliminary indications are that the employee was operating within the normal scope of his operations at the time of the incident.

Other employees were evacuated from the area after the explosion occurred. No one else was hurt.

"Our primary concern is for the safety of all Team Redstone employees," said Stover.  "The employee and his family have our full support during their time of need."

A thorough investigation will be conducted to determine the cause, and to prevent future incidents of this nature.  Several agencies are participating, including the Redstone Arsenal Military Police, safety professionals from AMRDEC and Garrison Safety Offices and Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel from Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

"In conjuction with Colonel Hamilton's Department of Emergency Services and my safety office, we're going to conduct an investigation to see what caused the incident and determine root cause, so we can implement corrective action," said Eric Edwards, AMRDEC Director.

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