LIDA JUNCTION, Nev. — More than 20 tons of ammunition that exploded in the Nevada desert when a trailer rig caught fire was destined for the Persian Gulf, the Army said Thursday.
"The truck was en route to Southport, N.C., and its ultimate destination was Operation Desert Shield," said Larry Rogers, a civilian spokesman for the Sierra Army Depot, an ammunition storage area near Hurlong, Calif.
There were no injuries.
The truck was loaded with explosives used to blow holes in the ground to create tank traps or destroy roads, said Rogers.
A spokesman at nearby Nellis Air Force Base said the truck was traveling south on U.S. 95 late Wednesday night when the driver noticed a fire in the rear axle. The driver disconnected the cab from the trailer rig and sped away, going about a half-mile before the trailer exploded in an aerial display that was visible for miles.