Costs rise as authorities remove Camp Minden explosives

Costs rise as authorities remove Camp Minden explosives

CAMP MINDEN, LA (KSLA) - Hazmat crews at Camp Minden worked all day Monday to move safely the remaining 4 million pounds of highly flammable M6 propellant.

More than 600,000 pounds was segregated to magazine and properly stored, which brings the 7-day total to 2.7 million pounds, says Louisiana State Police Trooper Matt Harris.

Authorities have lifted evacuations for the town of Doyline, and students were able to return to class after being out for an entire week.

Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton says the entire experience has been a learning one.

"I'll be honest with you. It's really amazing that we got so much accomplished in the short period of time that we did. Certainly the number one issue was the safety factor. We had to kind of move slow on that. We had help from other agencies. If this would have been a training scenario, this would have been a good training scenario. But it wasn't. It was the real thing. We all learned. You learn from situations like this. It was extremely expensive and extremely time consuming," Sexton says.

Sexton says the sheriff's office has racked up about $50,000 in overtime pay for his deputies. This is a cost he hopes to get back from Explo when some headway is made in the criminal investigation.

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