At approximately 0900 eastern time, the US Navy confirms an explosion occurred while personnel were doing routine maintenance on a utility boat at Naval Weapons Station Earle, N.J. (NNS).
One person is hospitalized with serious injuries and seven others sustained minor injuries. The identities of the injured personnel are being withheld until family members have been notified. All personnel were taken to area hospitals.
The Navy confirms damage from the explosion was contained within the boathouse area. They also confirm ammunition and ordnance operations at the weapons station were not affected by the accident. The cause of the explosion is under investigation.
The official US Navy website will continue with updates as they become available.
7 Sailors were performing routine maintenance on a utility boat when the explosion occurred.
One sailor remains hospitalized recovering from a broken arm that required surgery. The other 6 sailors and a DOD Civilian Firefighter were treated and released from area medical facilities the morning of the explosion. All families have been notified, but Naval police policy is that no names will be released to the public for a minimum of 24 hours.
The cause of the explosion was not known as of Tuesday and is currently under investigation. However, investigators are certain it was related to work on a 27 foot utility boat. Beth Baker, the director of public affairs for Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, confirmed the explosion caused damage to the roof of the boat house and while there was no fire, most of the injuries to the sailors and the firefighter came with smoke inhalation.