5 officers injured in explosion during training exercise
Five law enforcement officers were injured in an explosion during a training exercise at a Pennsylvania jail on Thursday morning.
The blast happened around 9:50 a.m. at the SCI Phoenix prison in Skippack Township, about 30 miles northwest of Philadelphia, officials say says WPVI-TV.
Three members of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad, a Pennsylvania State Police trooper and a Philadelphia FBI agent were injured in the incident, authorities said.
They were all taken to area hospitals. Their terms are unclear.
A prison spokesperson said members of the MCSO Bomb Squad were setting up an explosive device to use for a later class “when it detonated prematurely”.
Helicopter footage from the scene recorded by WPVI-TV showed a burnt-out vehicle in an open grass field. Two medical helicopters and a number of police and firefighters were also seen.
Jackie Hickey, a retired Los Angeles Police Department bomb technician, told the outlet that replicating a car bomb is standard practice in blast investigation training.