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News Release
June 5, 2002

Blow In Place Detonation Scheduled Near Sandwich Boundary

Camp Edwards, Mass. — A 2.36-inch rocket, found northwest of the Massachusetts Military Reservations’ Sandwich Gate, and other munitions, found on the northern portion of the J-2 range, will be destroyed in and open or blow-in-place detonation Friday, June 7, 2002. Contractors for the Impact Area Groundwater Study Program will conduct the munitions detonations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The rocket detonation will affect Sandwich residents on Belmont Avenue, Pebble Path, Jasper Lane and the portion of Snake Pond Road bordered by those streets. Significant engineering controls will be constructed to contain the blast. With these controls in place, there is no risk to residents of the nearby area. The other detonations are outside of the Sandwich neighborhood buffer zone and do not pose a risk to nearby residents.

The rocket was discovered on the surface west of the Unit Training Equipment Site during clearing activities by the Air Force Center For Environmental Excellence. The munitions on the J-2 range were uncovered from an area where several burial and burn pits are currently being excavated. The items being detonated in this area include 5" and 3.5" rockets, 60-millimeter mortars and 30-millimeter projectiles.

Massachusetts Army National Guard contractors have determined that the items are unsafe to move. Since they could present a danger to workers in the area, they will be blown in place.

Following the detonations the soil in the area will be tested for residual explosive compounds. If any contamination is found, the soil will be covered and scheduled for removal and disposal in accordance with applicable regulations.

The Impact Area Groundwater Study Program, led by the National Guard Bureau, has been working on an investigation and cleanup of the upper 15,000 acres at Camp Edwards since 1997. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection oversee the program.

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For more information, contact:
Christine Dolen, Groundwater Study Program, (508) 968-5629
Todd Borci, EPA New England Region 1, (617) 918-1358 or (888) 372-7341 ext. 81358
Ellie Grillo, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, (508) 946-2866

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