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News ID: 46908
Publish Date: 7:43 - 13 July 2020
Monday, 13 July 2020_Fire and an ensuing explosion have been reported on a ship at the US Naval base in San Diego.

Fire, explosion reported on US ship at San Diego naval baseIt was not immediately clear what caused Sunday’s blaze on the Bonhomme Richard, an amphibious assault ship and light aircraft carrier.

According to Krishna Jackson, a Navy spokeswoman, the ship had been docked for scheduled maintenance between deployments.

She suggested that it was unlikely for a docked ship to normally have large artillery onboard.

There were, meanwhile, indications that the ship could continue burning for days.

When the fire was reported around 8:30 am local time, some 160 sailors were said to be aboard the ship, which normally carries a crew of roughly 1,000.

"Just a lot of shock, just a lot of confusion. You don't know what happened, if there was you know an attack, or there was a mistake on the ship, you don't know," said US Navy veteran Joseph Walton.

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