Fort Bragg, N.C. — Authorities have confirmed that several soldiers were injured Thursday morning following an explosion on one of the training fields at Fort Bragg military installation.
The soldiers were all members of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, known as USASOC, according to WRAL. The injured soldiers were transported via medical helicopter to Womack Army Medical Center, and one was later transferred to UNC Hospital, it is being reported.
The explosion reportedly occurred on Range 69, located on the base. The Army said students and instructors from the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School were involved in demolition training on the range when the explosion occurred, reported ABC 11. It is not known what caused the explosion at this time.
“There was an incident that occurred on one of the ranges,” Special Ops Command Lt. Col. Rob Bockholt said. “We’re looking into exactly what happened.
A tweet from the USASOC said they were investigating the incident. The tweet read: “USASOC is looking into an incident on Fort Bragg that incurred 8 injuries. The details of what happened are currently under investigation.”
Authorities did not release information on the condition of the soldiers.
USASOC is looking into an incident on Fort Bragg that incurred 8 injuries. The details of what happened are currently under investigation.
— USASOC (@USASOCNews) September 14, 2017
“There are injuries but we don’t know [the] extent,” Bockholt told Fox News.
U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), whose 8th District includes Fort Bragg, released a statement following the incident:
“Renee and I are sorry to hear about today’s training accident at Fort Bragg. We will continue to pray for the soldiers who were injured and their families. As the investigation continues, I’m in touch with the U.S. Army Special Operations Command and I will continue to monitor the situation.”
North Carolina Sens. Richard Burr (R) and Thom Tillis (R) both tweeted about the incident, offering prayers for the injured soldiers.
— Richard Burr (@SenatorBurr) September 14, 2017
— Senator Thom Tillis (@SenThomTillis) September 14, 2017
The incident comes one day after 15 Marines were injured in California. According to Fox5 San Diego, the Marines were in a training accident involving an amphibious assault vehicle.
The vehicle caught fire at Camp Pendleton on Wednesday morning as Marines from the 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment and 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion were conducting a combat readiness evaluation.
Eight Marines were taken to the burn center at UC San Diego Health. Three were in critical condition and five in serious condition.
The remaining seven Marines were taken to other medical facilities in California, three in critical condition, one in serious condition, and one in stable condition, while two were treated for minor injuries
The Marine Corps said the vehicle involved in that accident has been in use since the 1970s, transporting Marines from sea to land.
Officials are still investigating yesterday’s incident.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Marines and their families as they receive medical care,” Marine Corps officials said in a statement.
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