5 officers injured in explosion during training exercise

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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.

The explosive device was detonated at the SCI Phoenix prison in Pennsylvania.
WPVI

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.

Police and other first responders at the scene.
The five officers were transported to area hospitals. Two medical helicopters responded to the site of the explosion.
WPVI

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.

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Richard V. Johnson