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An A-10C Thunderbolt II departs from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

An A-10C Thunderbolt II from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base unintentionally released a rocket that exploded about 60 miles northeast of Tucson Thursday, officials said.

There were no injuries, damages or fires reported after the single M-156 rocket exploded around 10:40 a.m., base officials confirmed. The plane was involved in a routine training mission in the uninhabited desert of the Jackal Military Operations Area.

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The area is "not designated for munitions release," officials said. An incident investigation is ongoing.

The aircraft is assigned to the 354th Fighter Squadron from the 355th Wing at Davis-Monthan.

Contact Star reporter Shaq Davis at 573-4218 or sdavis@tucson.com

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Shaq is a public safety reporter and the Road Runner columnist, keeping readers up to date on transportation news. In 2017, he started as an apprentice and later worked part-time until graduating from the UA and being offered a full-time position in 2018.