Redstone Arsenal contract employee injured in explosion - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Redstone Arsenal contract employee injured in explosion

The patient was transported to Huntsville Hospital. The patient was transported to Huntsville Hospital.
AMRDEC headquarters AMRDEC headquarters
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A contract employee was injured in an explosion on Redstone Arsenal Tuesday morning.

The explosion happened just before 8 a.m. in building 5400, the Aviation and Missile Research and Development Center.

Arsenal officials said Dynetics employee, Bill Barber, was handling a small explosive device when it went off. The area was evacuated and only the employee handling the device was injured.

HEMSI transferred Barber to Huntsville Hospital with non life threatening injuries. He had hand surgery on Tuesday, and is expected to make a full recovery.

A thorough investigation will be conducted to determine the cause, and to prevent future incidents of this nature.  The investigation is being conducted by the Redstone Arsenal's Military Police investigative agencies and safety professionals from AMRDEC and Garrison Safety Offices.  Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, have also arrived to assist in the investigation.

An inspector from the Birmingham Office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is also conducting an investigation.

This is the first injury from an explosion reported on the arsenal since two men were killed in an explosion in May, 2010.

Jerry A. Grimes, 58, of Hartselle and James R. Hawke, 53, of Hazel Green both died after an explosion at Aviation Missile Research Development and Engineering Center test area 10 at building 7352 on Flicker Road, near Gate 3. They worked for AMTEC Corporation, a Redstone contract partner that provides technical support to the U.S. Army elements.

They had been testing at the heavy demolition site for days before the incident.

Copyright 2012 WAFF. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    Thursday, April 27 2017 12:17 AM EDT2017-04-27 04:17:43 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 11:32 PM EDT2017-04-29 03:32:02 GMT
    Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children.

    More >>

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children. 

    More >>
  • Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

    Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

        One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction.  She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>

    One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction. She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>
  • Teen with cerebral palsy denied prom tickets

    Teen with cerebral palsy denied prom tickets

    Friday, April 28 2017 10:36 PM EDT2017-04-29 02:36:27 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 11:00 PM EDT2017-04-29 03:00:47 GMT
    Ashley Hamblin already has her dress picked out, but may not be able to wear it. (WSMV)Ashley Hamblin already has her dress picked out, but may not be able to wear it. (WSMV)

    She has her dress, her date, and an extensive hair and makeup plan. It’s all in anticipation of her high school prom, but a Middle Tennessee teen was denied tickets.

    More >>

    She has her dress, her date, and an extensive hair and makeup plan. It’s all in anticipation of her high school prom, but a Middle Tennessee teen was denied tickets.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly