Naval weapons depot explodes 45 miles from New York City

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MONMOUTH COUNTY, N.J. (NBC News) - Parts of the jersey shore were rocked by an early morning explosion at a naval weapons depot about 45 miles from New York City.

At least eight workers were injured, one of them seriously, at the Earle Naval Weapons station in Monmouth County. Navy officials said crews were doing routine maintenance on a utility boat at the time of explosion.

Damage was contained within the boathouse and didn't affect ammunition operations on the base.

Seven workers sustained minor injuries, primarily due to smoke inhalation.

The naval weapons station employs about 1,500 people and provides operational support for all Atlantic fleet carrier and expeditionary strike groups.

There is no word on the cause of the explosion.

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