Man killed at Aberdeen Proving Ground's chemical defense lab

A contractor was killed this week in an explosion and fire at a laboratory at the Edgewood installation area in the U.S. Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground, a 72,500 acre installation in Harford County, Md.

The fire department at the proving ground responded to a fire alarm and 911 call from the Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense laboratory at around 3 p.m. on Saturday. While the fire was quickly extinguished, the man was found dead on site, CBS Baltimore reports.

APG is an Army research, test, development and engineering facility for equipment and weapons. There were other workers in the building at the time of the fire but no one else was injured.

APG spokesman George Mercer said that there is no threat to the rest of the post or the surrounding community. The incident is currently under investigation, according to CBS Baltimore.

APG was the site of the first chemical weapons destruction facility to receive regulatory agency closure certification in June 2007 by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. During the operation of the Aberdeen Chemical Agent Disposal Facility the site safely neutralized 1,623 tons of mustard agent drained from 1,817 one-ton steel containers.

APG encompasses over 60 different tenant activities that represent many different facets of technology.