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News Release
January 11, 2005

Open Detonations Scheduled for Thursday at Camp Edwards

Camp Edwards, Mass. — Open detonations to destroy 60 military munitions items will be conducted between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday at Camp Edwards on the Massachusetts Military Reservation.

All of the munitions are at least 1,000 feet from any residential area and there is no risk to nearby residents. Four of these items are within an area on Camp Edwards that triggers a neighborhood notification. Notices regarding the detonations have been sent to the residents of the Forestdale neighborhood.

The notification is part of an agreement between the Impact Area Groundwater Study Program and Sandwich officials designed to keep residents informed of open detonations in the vicinity of a 500-foot neighborhood buffer zone located within the base boundary with the Forestdale neighborhood in Sandwich.

The munitions items that affect the buffer zone are two 3.5 inch rockets found in the area known as the former K-Range and two 81-millimeter mortar rounds found in the former training and defense contractor testing site known as the J-2 Range. Appropriate safety controls, which include sandbags, plywood and concrete barriers, will be used to contain the detonation.

The other 56 items being detonated were found on the western portion of the base in the area known as the former A-Range. The items include 54 37-millimeter projectiles, a fuze and a 3.5-inch rocket.

The 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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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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