From the Aberdeen Proving Ground Public Affairs Office:
An Aberdeen Proving Ground contractor employee died this afternoon in an explosion and subsequent fire at a laboratory in the Edgewood Area of the installation.
At approximately 3 p.m. today the Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department responded to a fire alarm and subsequent 9-1-1 call at a Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense laboratory facility. The fire was quickly extinguished and the area secured. Although there were other workers working in the building, the deceased is the only casualty. This is an isolated incident and there is no threat to the work force, the rest of the Proving Ground or the surrounding community.
The incident is currently under investigation and other details will be released as they are learned.