Sixteen injured in explosion at SWAT training center

IRVINE, CA – In the city of Irvine, California, an FBI training center experienced a sudden explosion on Wednesday afternoon, resulting in injuries to at least 16 members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team. The incident occurred just before 1 p.m. at the FBI Special Agent Jerry Crowe Regional Tactical Training Facility.

Those affected by the blast have reported varying injuries. Many are non-life-threatening, with wounds being observed primarily on the back and legs. At least one individual requires surgical intervention. 13 people have reported symptoms such as dizziness and a ringing sensation in the ears. Specific details about all sustained injuries are still being gathered, but no fatalities have been reported so far.

Preliminary reports indicate that a canister ignited and caused the blast during a joint training exercise, though the exact trigger for the explosion has yet to be determined. A robot was spotted outside of a small building near the explosion site, which had been cordoned off following the event. Debris was scattered near the entrance of the building.

The training exercise had an immediate emergency response, thanks to the SWAT team personnel cross-trained as paramedics, who were on-site to provide immediate emergency care.

The training center is located on the former premises of the El Toro Marine Corps air base. In collaboration with the FBI, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident and its cause.