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News Release
August 27, 2003

Open Detonation of Military Munitions Scheduled for Friday

Camp Edwards, Mass. — Open detonations to destroy three military munitions items will be conducted between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Friday, at Camp Edwards on the Massachusetts Military Reservation. The detonations will be at least a half mile from any residential areas. There is no risk to nearby residents.

A 3.5-inch anti-tank rocket and a 3.5-inch white phosphorous rocket will be destroyed at Demolition Area 1, a former demolition-training site located approximately two miles from the base boundary with Bourne. The rocket was discovered during a project that is removing all unexploded munitions and related items in preparation for a proposed Impact Area Groundwater Study Program soil cleanup at Demolition Area 1.

The third item, a 60-millimeter mortar round, will be destroyed in the area known as the J-3 range, located on the southeastern side of the base, more than a half mile from the base boundary with Sandwich. This munitions item was discovered during clearance for a new road being built to access a target area used for training during World War II. This area is the site of a current Groundwater Study Program investigation.

Open detonations are conducted only when explosive experts determine a munitions item is unsafe to move. Safe to move items that potentially contain explosives are taken to a safe storage facility for destruction in a contained detonation chamber. Munitions items that do not contain explosives are recycled as scrap.

Following any open detonation, soil is tested for residual explosives compounds. If any are found, the soil is covered and scheduled for removal and disposal in accordance with applicable regulations.

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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, MADEP Community Involvement Coordinator, (508) 946-2866

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