Large Explosion at a Storage Facility at the Mojave Airport

Sunday, June 3, 2007
Explosion Rocks Mojave Airport
KERO-TV Ch 23 (ABC), Bakersfield (CA)
MOJAVE — A large explosion at a storage facility at the Mojave Airport around noon Sunday shook nearby buildings and closed the airspace above. It is believed no one was injured in the explosion, which took place in a facility that stores blasting agents and high-grade explosives primarily used in the mining and construction industries, according to Insp. Tony Diffenbaugh of the county fire department. An older-model aircraft caught fire as a result of the explosion, which sent large chunks of debris flying as far as a thousand feet from the facility.

Two surrounding bunkers near the facility also contain combustible materials, raising concerns about secondary explosions.

Airport officials, the environmental health department and several fire departments were on-scene investigating the explosion.

The cause remains under investigation.

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