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Explosion Rocks Army’s Main Patriot Missile Depot In Pennsylvania

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An explosion at a Pennsylvania Army depot Thursday morning has wounded at least three people, but the incident has been contained, according to authorities.

The fire started at Letterkenny Army Depot, about 160 miles west of Philadelphia, around 7:15 a.m. and caused three people to be airlifted with burn injuries, according to the Franklin County Fire Company.

In a since-deleted Facebook post, Letterkenny Army Depot said “there is no suspicion of terrorist activity in regards to this incident,” which took place at Building 350, Fox News reported.

“The incident is contained and will not affect depot operations or workforce safety elsewhere. There were injuries that fire and emergency services have treated and individuals have been transported to medical facilities,” Letterkenny said in a statement. (RELATED: US Thinking Of Selling Defense System To Turkey In Hopes They Don’t Take Russia Deal)

In another deleted message, the depot instructed employees to “please do not post or share any information regarding the incident at 350 on Facebook or with any media outlets,” WGAL reported.

Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Lou Barletta tweeted that he is monitoring the situation.

The depot provides technical support for air defense tactical missiles, mobile electric power generation equipment, patriot missile recertification and route guidance vehicles, according to the Letterkenny Depot website. Founded in 1942, the depot still stores and maintains munitions and missiles.

Part of Letterkenny’s duties include preparing Patriot missiles for foreign military sales. The depot employs more than 3,000 people and sits on 18,000 acres of land.

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