Explosion in bunker at Camp Minden reported in three parishes

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 1:15pm

What was originally thought to be a meteor hitting in Minden, La. has now been confirmed as an explosion at a military site where explosives are stored.

At 11:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 16, local authorities received reports from residents in Webster, Bossier and Caddo Parishes saying that they saw a bright flash and heard a loud boom from vibrations that shook houses. Many speculated that a meteorite had landed in the area, but today the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office confirmed that it was due to an explosion.

Law enforcement officials located the explosion site at around dawn on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

A press conference was held a short time ago to explain that an underground bunker exploded at Camp Minden, which is a military training site for the Louisiana National Guard. The underground bunkers are self-contained storage units for explosives and are designed to send a blast upward, not outward, to mineralize potential damage if they go off.

So far no injuries or deaths have been reported.

The investigation has been turned over to the Louisiana State Police and the military to determine how the explosive were set off.


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