Scranton Army Ammunition Plant Possibly on Fire, Scranton, PA

Update (1825 EST): General Dynamics has confirmed a small fire has been extinguished with no injuries.

At approximately 1500 EST, initial reports indicated that a large fire had broken out at the Scranton Army Munitions Plant in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Eyewitnesses posted video and photos of the blacksmith shop at the plant billowing black smoke out of the stacks, much higher than usual.

Credit: NEPA Fire Photography
Credit: NEPA Fire Photography
Credit: LSOR (Facebook)

The Scranton Army Ammunition Plant(SCAAP) is a United States Army Joint Munitions Command (JMC) facility that manufactures large-caliber metal projectiles and mortar projectile. It is operated by General Dynamics-Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS). It currently produces:

  • 155mm and 105mm artillery projectiles
  • the 105mm PGU-45/B High Fragmentation (HF) Cartridges
  • 120mm Mortar (M120/M121) Projectiles
  • M931 Full Range Training Cartridges (FRTC)
  • M933 and M934 High Explosive (HE)
  • M930 and M983 Illumination
  • M929 White Phosphorus (WP) Smoke
  • 5″/54 (5 inch) Naval Gun Projectile.
  • 8 inch (203mm) and 175mm artillery

It is not currently clear if there is a structure fire, but emergency services are on scene.

This is one of only 7 production arsenals that produce military munitions for the United States military. There are a total of 17 JMC facilities in the U.S.