One remains hospitalized, one released after explosion at Picatinny Arsenal

UPDATE: Two civilian explosives technicians were taken to Morristown Medical Center — one by ground and the other via medevac — following a munitions blast at the Piccatinny Arsenal military base in Morris County this morning.

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One was later released, Brigadier Gen. Patrick W. Burden, the base’s senior commander, said this afternoon.

The other remained hospitalized with injuries that he said weren’t life-threatening.

The general didn’t confirm the report of an amputation after the device detonated.

The techs were working with “an explosive submunition” — part of a larger projectile that separates before impact — when the blast occurred, authorities said.


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