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UPDATE: Workers Inadvertently Excavate Manhattan Era Ordnance - Military Arrive on Scene

on February 1, 2013 - 12:12pm

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities contract workers excavating dirt in the Los Alamos Canyon Resevoir Thursday afternoon picked up a military ordnance in their front loader. They didn't realize they had the volatile device until they were unloading the dirt in Bayo Canyon near the old sewer plant. Members of the Los Alamos Bomb Squad, police and firefighters responded to the scene. Police secured the area until military explosive experts from Kirtland AFB arrived this morning to render the device safe. Visit the Los Alamos Daily Post later today for more details on this developing story. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

UPDATE

Military officials from Kirtland AFB just left Los Alamos with this M46 105mm projectile that DPU contract workers came across Thursday while excavating dirt in the Los Alamos Canyon Resevoir. They didn't realize they had picked up the military ordnance in their front loader until they unloaded the dirt in Bayo Canyon in the afternoon. Sgt. John Degrano and three other military bomb experts from Kirtland AFB arrived at the scene this morning to identify the device. Degrano said regardless of the markings on these ornances, extreme caution should always be exercised because some devices were recycled and could be other than what is marked on the casing. Courtesy photo 

During an interview with the Los Alamos Daily Post a few moments ago, Los Alamos Police Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris addressed the protocol for anyone coming across an ordinance such as this M46 105mm projectile. "Do not touch it – take a photo and remember its location but do not disturb it. Back away and call police right away." Courtesy photo

Thursday afternoon, the Los Alamos Bomb Squad dispatched its robot equipped with a camera to get a closer look at the M46 105mm projectile in Bayo Canyon. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

 


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