18 injured in explosion aboard US Navy ship

18 people suffer minor injuries in an explosion and fire on board ship at Naval Base San Diego.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Explosion aboard  USS Bonhomme Richard
Explosion aboard USS Bonhomme Richard
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18 people suffered minor injuries in an explosion and fire on Sunday on board a ship at Naval Base San Diego, military officials said, according to The Associated Press.

The blaze was reported shortly before 9:00 a.m. on USS Bonhomme Richard, said Mike Raney, a spokesman for Naval Surface Force, US Pacific Fleet.

18 people were hospitalized with “non-life threatening injuries,” Raney said in a brief statement. He did not have additional details.

Previously, officials said at least one person was treated for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is known and is under investigation, according to AP. It wasn't immediately known where on the 840-foot (255-meter) amphibious assault vessel the blast and the fire occurred.

San Diego is the Bonhomme Richard's home port and it was undergoing routine maintenance at the time of the fire.

About 160 sailors and officers were on board, Raney said - far fewer than the thousand typically on the ship when it is on active duty.

The ship has the capacity to deploy and land helicopters, smaller boats and amphibious vehicles.




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