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Accident: 200940088 - Two Employees Injured When Ammunition Explodes

Accident: 200940088 -- Report ID: 0625100 -- Event Date: 11/29/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30067515411/30/19992899Tpl, Incorporated Ft. Wingate Army Depot
Employees #1 and #2 were attempting to dispose of a demilitarized 105-mm howitzer round by drilling into it. The round exploded, and both employees sustained serious injuries when they were struck by flying debris. The round had been color-coded blue and labeled "inert." Subsequent investigation revealed that this lot of rounds had contained high explosives before being converted to "inert" rounds, and sampling showed concentrations of pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) residue in the casings.
Keywords: explosives, vibrations, explosion, struck by, combustible dust, flying object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300675154 Hospitalized injury Puncture Occupation not reported
2 300675154 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported

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