N.Y. soldier dies in blast at Fort Dix the Guard member was on a range during the explosion, which officials said was an accident.
By Edward Colimore INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Posted: June 25, 2005
A New York National Guard soldier was killed early yesterday in an accidental explosion on a range at Fort Dix, military officials said.
The victim, whose name was withheld by authorities pending notification of family, was part of an advance party of a unit that was scheduled for training this weekend at the Burlington County base.
The soldier was working on the range at 10:30 a.m. when the explosion was reported, said David Moore, a Fort Dix spokesman.
Two other members of the New York Guard infantry unit also were on the range but were not close enough to see the blast. They were not injured.
Emergency medical specialists, Defense Department police officers, and members of the installation safety office were quickly dispatched to the location.
Soldiers in Fort Dix’s explosive ordnance unit and criminal investigation division also responded to the scene and were trying to determine the cause of the accident.
Investigators did not release information yesterday on the type of explosive.