UPDATE: Explosion on Naval Air Station Patuxent River Under Investigation

February 11, 2016

NAS Pax RiverUPDATE 2/11/16 @ 1:45 p.m.: Connie Hempel, from the NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs Office, released the following statement.

Building 2188 here has been cleared by NAS Pax River Fire for reentry.

The building was evacuated following an incident caused by an over pressurized container around 10:50 a.m. The incident was contained to one room in the building and was caused by a chemical reaction within a small container in a locker where the doors were blown open.

The area was cleared for atmospheric samples by NAS Pax River Fire.

There were no injuries.

The incident is under investigation.

UPDATE 2/11/16 @ 1:00 p.m.: Connie Hempel, from the NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs Office, released the following statement.

An explosion happened around 10:50 a.m. today at Building 2188, an engineering facility on base. The incident was caused by an over pressurized container and contained to one room within the building.

The building has been evacuated.

All personnel have been accounted for.

The two personnel who were in the room are being treated on scene for injuries.

The incident is under investigation. Further details will be released as they become available.

2/11/16 @ 11:15 a.m.: On Thursday, February 11, 2016 at approximately 10:50 a.m., emergency personnel responded to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Building 2188, for a report of a HAZMAT explosion in room 1090A.

Early reports indicate there was a chemical explosion of a small quantity nitric acid and isopropyl alcohol mixture.

Two people were checked by EMS.

NDWFD and Bay District fire along with LPVRS on scene at this time.

Command is setting up a decon station.