Open Detonations Scheduled for Thursday at Camp Edwards
Camp Edwards, Mass. — Four 81-millimeter (mm) mortar rounds and a 40-mm grenade will be destroyed in open detonations scheduled for Thursday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., at Camp Edwards on the Massachusetts Military Reservation.
The detonations will take place on the southeast side of the base, at least one mile from any residential area. There is no risk to nearby residents.
Three of the mortar rounds were found during road construction activities on the former training and defense contractor testing site known as the J-1 Range. The other mortar round and the grenade were found on the former training and defense contractor testing site known as the J-2 Range. This area is being cleared in preparation for a soil removal and treatment action designed to remove several areas believed to be sources of groundwater contamination migrating from the J-2 Range.
These munitions items are being destroyed by open detonation because explosive experts have determined they may contain explosives and are 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.
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