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News Release
December 7, 2004

Open Detonations Scheduled at Camp Edwards on Thursday

Camp Edwards, Mass. — Three munitions items will be destroyed in open detonations scheduled for between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday at Camp Edwards on the Massachusetts Military Reservation.

The detonations will take place at least a half mile from any residential areas and there is no risk to nearby residents.

The items being destroyed include two 37-millimeter (mm) projectiles found in an area of the base about a mile southeast of the Bourne Rotary known as the Former A Range. The projectiles were discovered during work to clear this former training range for the installation of a groundwater monitoring well.

The other item is a 4.5-inch rocket found during work to clear a well site in the area known as the J-3 Range. The new monitoring well is being installed as part of an ongoing investigation into groundwater contamination emanating from the former training and defense contractor testing range located on the corner of the base northwest of Snake Pond in Sandwich.

These munitions items are being destroyed by open detonation because they may contain explosives and have been identified by explosives experts as 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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For more information, contact:
Kristina Curley, Groundwater Study Program, (508) 968-5626
Jim Murhpy, EPA New England Region 1, (617) 918-1028
Ellie Grillo, MADEP Community Involvement Coordinator, (508) 946-2866

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