Louisiana Air Force base gas well explosion injures several: report

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A gas well explosion at a Louisiana Air Force base Tuesday morning has resulted in some injuries, according to media reports. 

Officials at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City said the explosion occurred around 11:40 a.m. on the East Reservation of the military installation, WDSU-TV reported. 

A spokesman for the base declined to confirm the explosion to Fox News and said officials would issue a statement later about the incident. Local reports said there were injuries but that a number of those harmed was not available. 

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A B-52 out of Barksdale Air Force Base flys over at the start of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Bass Pro Shops 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

A B-52 out of Barksdale Air Force Base flys over at the start of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Bass Pro Shops 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
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The cause of the blast has not been determined. 

Earlier in the morning, the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office warned on a Facebook post that scheduled demolitions were going to be conducted on the base. 

“You May Hear a Boom. Officials with Barksdale Air Force Base have scheduled demolitions to be conducted on the range on the East Reservation from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,” the social media post read. 

It was still unknown whether the explosion was related to the demolitions.

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Barksdale Air Force Base has more than 5,000 active duty troops and over 1,300 reservists, according to the Department of Defense. In addition, it also has a population of 40,000 retirees. 

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