PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - As a precautionary measure Northrop Grumman is shutting down all craft work on ships LPD 22 and LPD 24. The ships were located near the area an explosion occurred Thursday morning.
Around 2,000 craft employees assigned to work on the ships were sent home for the day and all craft work on these ships for the second and third shifts are being suspended Thursday.
Employees can call the company's emergency phone number 1-800-995-4318 for an update on their schedules.
The blast, followed by a fire happened around 7:30am. The good news is, no one was hurt. Crews attacked the west bank fire from the water, bringing it under control in about an hour. The cause of the explosion is under investigation.