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Updated Friday, May 6.


The worker killed at Aberdeen Proving Ground April 30 has been identified as Nanaj Bhamare, an independent contractor working at a laboratory on the Edgewood Area of the Army installation.

Battelle, a defense contractor with a regional office at the HEAT Center in Aberdeen, said Dr. Bhamare was a subcontractor for the company under an Army contract.

Officials at Aberdeen Proving Ground have still not provided details about the accident except to say that Dr. Bhamare died the afternoon of April 30 in an explosion and subsequent fire at the laboratory.

Although there were other workers inside the building, Dr. Bhamare was the only casualty, according to APG officials.

Katy Delaney, a spokeswoman for Battelle, said Wednesday she had no more details about what actually took place Saturday.

“The incident is subject to an ongoing government investigation,” Delaney wrote in an e-mail.

Thursday, Delaney said Dr. Bhamare was an organic chemist who signed on as an independent contractor in September 2010.

He held a doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Pune in India and had been working with the National Chemical Laboratory in Pune, Delaney said.

APG spokesperson George Mercer said in several phone conversations this week that the Army could provide no details about the accident, which he said remains under investigation.

The possibility that a radioactive substance was involved in the explosion is also under investigation.

Mercer said the accident posed no danger to people working at APG’s Edgewood Area or to the surrounding community.

Dr. Bhamare's death was the third fatality involving people working at Aberdeen Proving Ground in less than two years.

On May 21, 2009, a Russian T-55 tank that was being tested on the Aberdeen Area of the installation exploded and burned, killing two civilians and seriously injuring a third.

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