Pakalert Press The ‘contained’ explosion at Camp Minden rattled locals but no injuries were reported.
The blast broke widows and left some wondering whether a meteorite had struck the area.
A bunker at a northern Louisiana military compound exploded late Monday, briefly prompting speculation that the loud boom and shaking ground had been caused by meteorite .
Webster Parish officials confirmed Tuesday that the mysterious incident was a “contained” explosion at Camp Minden, a north Louisiana National Guard training site.
“The bunker did exactly what it was designed to do,” said Webster Parish Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Bobby Igo, Jr. “There were no injuries – nobody hurt. We don’t know the cause at this point,” he told the Minden Press-Herald.
Residents had been scrambling to figure out what caused the massive boom, which broke windows and rattled homes and businesses around 11:30 pm CST. The blast shook a five mile area from Minden to Dixie Inn, about 30 miles from Shreveport.
Witnesses also reported seeing a flash of light.
Minden Press Herald
The Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office confirms an underground bunker exploded late last night at Camp Minden. There are no reports of any injuries or deaths.
The U.S. Geological Survey had no reports of earthquakes in the area and natural gas plants in the region said they had not suffered any explosions.
Some local officials guessed the incident could have been caused by a meteorite, noting that the Earth is currently being peppered by a meteor shower spawned by the famous Halley’s Comet.
Minden Press Herald
The explosion site was discovered right at sunrise.
But a NASA official told the Daily News the space agency was doubtful a meteorite caused the damage and did not expect to investigate.
“They hit everywhere, all the time,” NASA spokesman Steve Cole said of meteorites.
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