Eglin Air Force Base Explosion: Full Story & Must-See Details

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Emergency crews are responding to an explosion that took place at Florida’s Eglin Air Force Base. There is no word on potential injuries at this time. The cause of the explosion is under investigation.

What Happened?

The base has implemented a shelter in place order between Eglin Boulevard to Van Matre as a precautionary safety measure. In a tweet, Eglin has instructed residents of the area to turn their HVAC system off.

At 10 a.m. an explosion occured at the McKinley Climatic Lab First responders are on the scene. 1000 ft cordon has been set up.

— Team Eglin (@TeamEglin) July 5, 2017

The surrounding area has been evacuated. No injuries have been reported. The cause of the explosion is under investigation.

— Team Eglin (@TeamEglin) July 5, 2017

The source of the smoke has been identified as methyl chloride. Avoid contact with the smoke if possible. https://t.co/Kh0ZmCkNyE for update

— Team Eglin (@TeamEglin) July 5, 2017

The explosion took place at McKinley Climatic Lab shortly before 10:00 A.M. EST.

“The source of the smoke has been identified as methyl chloride. Avoid contact with the smoke if possible,” said Ilka Cole, public affairs specialist for Eglin Air Force Base.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) said in a Facebook post that the surrounding area has been evacuated and a 1,000 foot cordon has been set up.

UPDATE: The shelter in place has since been lifted but authorities are still advising residents to avoid contact with the potentially harmful smoke. People exposed to methyl chloride can suffer from neurological effects, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. It can also affect a person’s heart rate, blood pressure, liver and kidneys.

This is the scene at Eglin Climatic lab right now. We are trying to figure out if it's a fire or explosion. @weartv pic.twitter.com/OcoIFikc3F

— ChristinaLeavenworth (@FLNewsLady) July 5, 2017

Eglin AFB investigating fire, possibly at McKinley Climatic Lab @weartv pic.twitter.com/FltR23inVa

— Laura Hussey (@WEARLauraHussey) July 5, 2017

According to the base’s Twitter account, no injuries have been reported as of yet.


Eglin Air Force Base

Eglin Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located approximately 3 miles southwest of Valparaiso, Florida in Okaloosa County. The host unit at Eglin is the 96th Test Wing. It was built in 1935 and has been actively used ever since.

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