Two Navy sailors were reportedly injured during a “routine” test on a nuclear submarine docked at a naval dockyard in Washington state on Saturday.
The USS Louisiana ballistic missile submarine “experienced a problem in the forward crew access compartment while conducting a routine compartment air test,” a representative for the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility told CNN.
“The boat’s nuclear power room was unaffected,” spokeswoman Anna Taylor said.
The malfunction caused a loud noise, a detached scaffolding enclosure and “other equipment,” Taylor told The Kitsap Sun.
Local residents heard loud explosions in the area around 12 noon on Saturday, the outlet reported.
The two sailors reportedly suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to a medical facility. Her exact condition is not known.
Five other seafarers were examined by Navy medical staff but did not require treatment, the spokesman said.
Testing on the 560-foot USS Louisiana, which has been based in Bremerton on Washington’s Kitsap Peninsula since 1997, was suspended after the incident.
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