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Camp Minden Update: All Explosives Now Properly Stored

photo of improperly stored propellant at Camp Minden
LSP photo provided by Trooper Matt Harris

It’s taken six months, but the Louisiana State Police Emergency Services Unit and Explo Systems employees have finally moved and safely stored all of the improperly-stored propellant at Camp Minden.  

State Police Captain Doug Cain tells KEEL news that what started out to be an estimated one-million pounds of material turned out to be more like ten-million.  He says it took a tremendous amount of teamwork to accomplish the tedious and dangerous job but it was done without incident or injury.  And he says the citizens of nearby Doyline can breathe a little bit easier now that the public safety hazard has finally been mitigated.

As soon as the last of the propellant was safely stored in secure bunkers, State Police immediately revoked all of Explo Systems’ explosive licenses.  They will remain revoked pending the adjudication of all civil and/or criminal violations against the company.  Then, and only then, will Explo Systems be allowed to reapply for those licenses.

In the meantime, State Police are continuing their investigation and will release a final report to the Webster Parish District Attorney’s Office once that investigation has been completed.

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