Worker killed in explosion at Army depot with Patriot missile vehicles, identified by coroner

Eric and his wife Samantha Byers.

A worker at the Letterkenny Army Depot was pronounced dead at 7 pm Thursday night after fire and explosion occurred at the Pennsylvania Army facility.

The Lehigh County coroner’s office identified the victim as 29-year-old Eric Byers on Friday.

The coroner’s office says he was handling chemicals when a flash fire occurred, according to the Associated Press.

Four other civilian employees were injured during the incident. Two of the victims are in critical but stable condition, the depot’s commander says.

The incident occurred in the area for painting vehicles. The facility works on the Army’s Patriot Missle Recertification & Route Guidance Vehicles. The facility was originally established as an Army ammunition depot but now serve as the Army’s Capabilities Based Depot and has over 3,600 employees.

Byers is survived by his wife and two children.

A soldier performs a maintenance check on a MiM-104 Patriot at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia June 23, 2018. (U.S Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dana J. Cable)

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