Two Navy sailors were injured Saturday during a “routine” test on a nuclear submarine docked at a Washington state shipyard, according to reports.
The USS Louisiana ballistic missile submarine “encountered a problem in the forward crew access compartment during a routine air test in the compartment,” a representative from the shipyard and the shipyard told CNN. Puget Sound Intermediate Maintenance Facility.
“The boat’s nuclear propulsion space was not affected,” spokeswoman Anna Taylor said.
The malfunction caused a loud noise, a dislodged scaffolding enclosure and “other equipment,” Taylor told the Kitsap Sun.
Residents heard loud explosions around 12 p.m. Saturday in the area, the outlet reported.
Both sailors reportedly sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to a medical facility. Their exact condition is not known.
Five other sailors were assessed by Navy medical personnel but did not require treatment, the spokesman said.
Testing at the 560ft USS Louisiana – located in Bremerton on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington state since 1997 – was suspended after the incident.
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