Minden Press-Herald

Sep 30th

Explosion investigation continues


Questions surrounding an Explo bunker explosion last week remain as the investigation, conducted by Louisiana State Police, continues.

Troop G Public Relations officer Matt Harris said no new information is ready to be released at this time.

"The investigation is ongoing," he said. "If we come to a point where citations are issued or something is found that endangers the public or environment, we will be sure to let the media know with a press release. As of right now, nothing of that nature has been confirmed."

Harris said he is aware of public speculation regarding the explosion heard across north Louisiana October 15.

"But that is all it is – speculation. What we do know is Explo had a bunker explode," he said. "Rumors and talk are just that."

A statement from the Louisiana National Guard was released Friday.

According to the Louisiana National Guard, Camp Minden post security heard a loud sound, which could have been a possible explosion. Subsequently, post security physically surveyed the camp in accordance with established protocols and conferred with contractor tenants who stated that they were not able to confirm the origination of the sound.

Upon daylight on Tuesday morning, Explo Inc., which leases property on Camp Minden, discovered one of their storage areas had exploded and reported the incident to the Louisiana National Guard. Following this report, the Louisiana National Guard notified local authorities and the Louisiana State Police of the explosion in accordance with standard protocol.

The following is an excerpt from information released by the Louisiana National Guard:

"The substance that exploded was a smokeless powder and does not pose a threat outside of Camp Minden. Explo is currently conducting clean-up operations of the site. The incident area is a restricted area and will remain off limits to anyone other than authorized individuals due to normal operational security and safety requirements."

The Louisiana National Guard referred questions concerning the investigation to Louisiana State Police, who have stated they will share information as soon as the investigation is complete.

Commercial operation inquiries and questions regarding operations or details of the explosion were asked to be referred to Explo, who has not returned any calls made by the Minden Press-Herald.






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