Louisiana: Possible Meteor May Have Hit Ground Near Camp Minden Causing Underground Bunker Explosion
“WEBSTER PARISH, LA (KSLA) -The Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office confirms an underground bunker exploded late last night at Camp Minden. There are no reports of any injuries or deaths. The explosion site was discovered right at sun-up.
Chief Deputy Bobby Igo says the bunker belongs to a company called Explo. Authorities said they would have more information at a 9 a.m. news conference at Camp Minden, but that news conference was postponed until 11 a.m., and then canceled with no explanation given.
Igo says the underground bunkers are designed to send any blast up instead of out to lessen the shock wave impact.
State Police, the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office and the military will investigate exactly what happened.
Earlier in the morning, Sheriff Gary Sexton said there was a ‘possibility that a meteor did hit the ground’ in the area, but deputies had not pinpointed an exact location.
KSLA News 12 viewer Shana Levick tells us she was driving on I-20 by Dixie Inn when she saw the sky light up a bright orange color. She said she could see what appeared to be small fire sparks above the tree lines.
Another witness near Dixie Inn told KSLA News 12 photographer Cody Jennings that he saw something flash across the sky streaming from the west or southwest direction. That witness also reported seeing a bright flash that lasted for a while.
Late last night and into this morning, we began hearing from people who heard the explosion just before 11:30 p.m. from areas including: Minden, Doyline, Haughton, South Bossier and Shreveport. Callers are also reporting seeing a bright light flash in the sky when they heard the boom.” Read more.