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(LEAD) Explosion at military base injures 23 soldiers

All Headlines 15:19 December 13, 2016

(ATTN: UPDATES with more details throughout; CORRECTS para 3)

ULSAN, Dec. 13 (Yonhap) -- An explosion at a military base in South Korea's southeastern city Tuesday injured more than 20 soldiers, authorities said.

The blast of unknown cause took place at around 11:50 a.m. at a training camp for reservists in Ulsan, some 410 kilometers southeast of Seoul, according to the authorities.

A total of 23 soldiers have been taken to nearby hospitals. Two of them have sustained second degree burns, according to fire officials, but no deaths were reported.

No training took place at the time of the incident, according to authorities. All the injured were soldiers in their early 20s on active duty.

Police and fire officials are investigating the details of the explosion.

A military official said six were wounded and the rest have minor injuries, but an official statement regarding the incident has not been released.

This photo taken on Dec. 13, 2016, shows a military base in Ulsan, some 410 kilometers southeast of Seoul, where an explosion took place at around noon. Authorities are investigating the details of the incident. (Yonhap)


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