Webster Parish Explosion caused by Explosion of Old Munitions at Camp Minden last night


Monday night, October15th, at around 11:26 pm, a large explosion occurred to the southwest of Dixie Inn, in Webster Parish, approximatey 4 miles southwest of Minden, or 28 miles east of Shreveport. The initial event occurred at Latitude/Longitude 32.578 N, -93.351 W which is in the borders of the Camp Minden Army ammunition plant.  A large flash was observed, citizens were shaken out of bed and windows were shattered during the late night hours.

Above is a Google Maps image of Camp Minden, where the explosion occurred.

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The Shreveport, La National Weather Service Doppler Radar captured some images of the plume caused by the explosion. The first image captured by the radar occurred at 11:28 pm cdt, with subsequent images captured at 11:37, 11:47, 11:56 and ending at 12:06 am cdt. Based on radar analysis, the plume was initially as high as almost 7200 feet above ground level. The sampled radar imagery is very similar to what is usually seen with smoke plumes associated with wildfires,  it was more vertical and concentrated as it traversed the area from southeast to northwest at approximately 10 mph. It slowly dissipated after approximately 34 minutes.


The above graphic shows the plume caused by the explosion as sampled by Shreveport, La National Weather Service Doppler Radar.

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