An ammunition and fuel dump at Lai Khe, about 25 miles north of Saigon, was destroyed in a series of explosions on Sunday (16 April).
Small explosions in distance, troops moving out of area, artillery ready to move out, larger explosions and troops running.
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Background: An ammunition and fuel dump at Lai Khe, about 25 miles north of Saigon, was destroyed in a series of explosions on Sunday (16 April).
Lai Khe is one of the most important firebases in the southern regions of South Vietnam. It's airfield is now the primary base for transporting supplies, ammunition and reinforcements to the battle areas in the current offensive.
There was no indication that Sunday's explosions were caused by communist suppers. By all accounts, it was an accident -- but no reasons have yet been given to newsmen.
There were no reports of any serious injuries in the blasts -- most of the troops around the area were given ample warning by a series of small fires and had plenty of time to get out of the area before the big explosions followed.
Immediately after the fires had died down, supply convoys -- which had already been loaded -- moved out of the area heading north for Hue and Quang Tri. Investigations into the cause of the ammunition explosion are continuing.