5 law enforcement officers injured in explosion during training exercise at SCI Phoenix prison

Emergency crews on the scene at SCI Phoenix prison on Thursday morning following an accident during a training exercise. (6abc)

Emergency crews on the scene at SCI Phoenix prison on Thursday morning following an accident during a training exercise. (6abc)

Five people were injured Thursday morning in an accident during a training exercise at SCI Phoenix prison.

Officials said the accident happened at about 9:50 a.m. during the exercise at the Skippack Township prison.

According to authorities, three members of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad, a Pennsylvania State Police trooper and an FBI Philadelphia agent were injured.

All have been transported to area hospitals for treatment.

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“Staff from the Montgomery County Bomb Squad were installing an explosive device for a later class when it prematurely exploded,” according to a statement from a prison spokesperson.

Department of Corrections staff was not involved in the training.

Video from Chopper 6 showed a large police presence and two medical helicopters at the scene.

A charred car was also seen in a field on the prison grounds.

The FBI and Pennsylvania State Police will jointly investigate the cause of the detonation.

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