FBI Training Facility Explosion Injures 16 Members of SWAT Team

Orange County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team. Photo: Facebook

By Steve Neavling

An explosion at an FBI training facility in California injured 16 members of a sheriff’s department SWAT team on Wednesday afternoon. 

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team was conducting its annual joint training with a bomb squad when the explosion occurred around 1 p.m. in a small building at the Jerry Crowe Regional Tactical Training Facility in Irvine, the Los Angeles Times reports

Fifteen of the injured people were taken to hospitals, and one person required surgery for a leg injury. Two others sustained superficial wounds, and the 14 others went to the hospital as a precaution and have been released. 

Sheriff’s Sgt. Frank Gonzalez said it wasn’t immediately clear what caused the explosion. 

The FBI and sheriff’s department are investigating. 

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