PENSACOLA | A lab explosion at Eglin Air Force Base near Pensacola led to some brief evacuations and a base lockdown, but no injuries have been reported. The base is now operating normally.
Eglin officials said on its Twitter account that the explosion happened Wednesday morning at the McKinley Climatic Lab near where methyl chloride was present. Officials said smoke produced by the explosion didn’t contain the gas, which was once widely used as a refrigerant and can cause severe neurological problems in humans.
A “shelter in place” order at the base was lifted by noon.