Update: Improperly Stored Explosive Materials to be Moved at Camp Minden
[UPDATE] Little by little, a plan is taking shape for moving over a million pounds of improperly stored explosive material found this week in a secluded area of Camp Minden.
It starts with moving much of the commercial-grade product now stored in bunkers there to its end-users in other states. Then, workers will start moving the other product into those bunkers Saturday morning.
Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton says that’s going to mean some evacuations. Doyline residents are being urged to evacuate their homes and businesses Friday afternoon and plan to remain gone all weekend.
Sheriff Sexton says there will be school Friday in Doyline, but not Monday. He says the Youth Challenge Program at Camp Minden will probably be suspended this weekend, but there are no plans at this point to evacuate the Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Facility.
[ORIGINAL STORY] It’s certainly something you don’t see every day — more than a million pounds of explosive material stored right out in the open and in other unapproved locations. But State Police Commander Mike Edmondson says that’s exactly what his explosives technicians found this week when they conducted a follow-up investigation on property leased by Explo Systems at Camp Minden.
Colonel Edmondson says State Police, the Webster Sheriff’s Office, the Louisiana National Guard and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are all working together to conduct a complete assessment of the improperly stored materials. Tomorrow morning they’ll be meeting with EPA officials as well.
Colonel Edmondson says the propellant in its current state is considered stable and not an immediate threat to the surrounding area. However, there’s great concern for what might happen when it’s moved. He says the public will be kept informed every step of the way.