San Diego, CA — An explosion aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard in San Diego has resulted in 21 injured. Seventeen sailors and 4 civilians were injured in the blast. It is reported that the injuries were minor and everyone was taken to the hospital.
All of the ships crew are accounted for. According to the US Pacific Fleet Twitter account, 160 sailors were aboard the ship at the time of the incident.
Local, base and shipboard firefighters are responding to a fire aboard @LHD6BHR located on @NavBaseSD. Initially, eleven Sailors have been transported to the hospital for minor injuries. The entire crew is off the ship and all are accounted. More information to follow.
— Naval Surface Forces (@SurfaceWarriors) July 12, 2020
Assistance from local fire departments was requested. Images shared by San Diego Fire Department show smoke billowing from the ship. It is not clear what the cause of the explosion was at this time.
— SDFD (@SDFD) July 12, 2020
According to statements provided to CNN, there is concern that the ship could burn for days after the event. While any event such as this is tragic, some comfort can be taken that there appears to be no fatalities at this point.
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