Some sort of an explosion or something sent a plume of smoke 7000 feet into the air. This happened in Louisiana near Camp Minden on Monday night around 11:30pm. Multiple witnesses apparently reported that they saw something falling down from the sky towards the earth before the mushroom cloud was created.
According to the Shreveport Times, “ the source was traced to a more earthly cause — a bunker loaded with explosives and leased by Explo Systems Inc. exploded in the L-1 area toward the central eastern part of Camp Minden.
The Shreveport Times also reports in an update that ”state police hazardous materials unit has completed its on-site investigation and the findings have been turned over to headquarters in Baton Rouge for further review. Troop G spokesman Matt Harris is uncertain when the results will be released publicly.”
The outcome of the investigation will dictate any enforcement action. “We won’t know what violations, if any, until it’s all completed,” Harris said. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also is involved in the probe. Meanwhile, the blast site has been turned over to Camp Minden officials for cleanup, which is under way.”
See a Shreveport Times video from seconds after the blast from Security camera footage provided by Nash Security of Springhill http://www.shreveporttimes.com/videonetwork/1904571294001/Minden-explosion
The facility, formerly the Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant, consists has bunkers scattered throughout its predominantly wooded 15,000 acres.”
Explo Systems is a 7-year old, veteran-owned small business located on the former Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant (LAAP). Explo’s management has been demilitarizing / recovering explosives / propellant for over 15 years. Explo has a unique, on-site capability for purifying valuable TNT from tritonal for reuse.
KSLS reports, Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton says hazmat experts tell him the underground bunker containing explosives that blew up late Monday night at Camp Minden worked exactly as it was designed to do.
Sexton describes the bunker, in the “L-1 area,” as an “igloo,” constructed of concrete. He says they were built in the 50s. The underground bunkers are designed to send any blast up instead of out to lessen the shock wave impact.
The Shreveport Times reports Webster Parish officials confirmed that a bunker at Camp Minden was the source of a loud boom that shattered windows and unnerved people throughout northwest Louisiana late last night.
The bunker belongs to Explo, one of the many tenants at Camp Minden that produces explosives on the expansive site, Webster Parish sheriff’s Chief Deputy Bobby Igo said.
No injuries were reported.
The Examiner quotes a “The National Weather Service report, that the ”Webster Parish Explosion was caused by Explosion of Old Munitions at Camp Minden last night.” It states:
The Houston Chronicle reports that” “Authorities initially speculated a meteorite may have shook the ground for miles in portions of northwest Louisiana late Monday night, but the mystery blast turned out to be an explosion at an industrial site in the area.
The blast occurred about 11:30 p.m. inside a bunker where explosive black powder was stored at Camp Minden in Webster Parish, according to the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies said the bunker was designed to absorb and deflect such an explosion.”
Accuweather has several interesting 3D recreations and states: “The explosion sent a mystery object flying that was captured by radar in Shreveport. Speculation this morning focused on the possibilities of UFO’s and meteors before the confirmation of the bunker explosion was released.”
The Weather Space has also reported a “Bunker Explosion’s Mushroom Cloud Caught on Louisiana Radar”.
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