Update: Explosion at Redstone Arsenal
May 6, 2010
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (May 6, 2010) -- Wednesday, two members of the Team Redstone family were involved in a fatal accident that has deeply touched us all.
Both men, who were injured in the explosion that took place Wednesday morning at Building 7352, an Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) facility, have died from injuries sustained during the explosion. Both were employed by one of our contract partners, AMTEC Corporation of Huntsville.
Names of the deceased will be released at a later time.
"We who are a part of Team Redstone share a close bond," said Maj. Gen. Jim Myles, commanding general of AMCOM and Redstone Arsenal "When one of our own is hurt it affects us all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family members and friends of those who passed away."
Daily, the Soldiers, civilians and contract partners (AMTEC) of Team Redstone work together toward the common goal of serving those who serve our nation. Although we strive to impose the highest safety standards and constantly improve the safety of our workplace, the work that we perform is inherently dangerous work. We follow very stringent safety standards and train continuously to make sure those standards are observed.
The employees were working on demilitarization operations that involved ammonium perchlorate, an oxidizer used in solid rocket propellant.
The building had recently passed safety inspections and was designed specifically to minimize the impact of possible explosions.
Trained safety and fire personnel have rendered the site of the explosion safe (contained) and there is no environmental impact.
We are deeply saddened by these events and remain steadfast to our commitment to investigate the situation, discover the cause and work to prevent future incidents from occurring.