Hearing to determine if Explo gets licenses, keys back delayed

Hearing to determine if Explo gets licenses, keys back delayed

CAMP MINDEN, LA (KSLA) - It will be another five weeks before the company accused of improperly storing millions of pounds of military explosives at Camp Minden finds out if they get to keep their licenses and access to the material as the criminal case against them moves forward.

It's part of an ongoing criminal and civil case against Explo Systems Inc. following the discovery in November last year of 10 million pounds of M6 propellant on the property the company leased at Camp Minden, a Louisiana National Guard base. Some of it, state police say, was stored outside in boxes.

In May, the Louisiana State Police took the keys to those bunkers and revoked the company's explosives licenses.

Explo argued that the seizure was unlawful and violated their constitutional rights. The company filed a lawsuit and got a restraining order against the state on June 7. That forced the state to return the keys and licenses until a hearing could be held to determine whether the state had the right to take them.

If not, the judge could grant a permanent injunction, allowing the company the access to the propellant they need in order to sell it.

A hearing to decide that was scheduled for Monday in Baton Rouge, but it ended up being postponed until July 23rd. In the meantime, the temporary restraining order stands. That means Explo continues to have access to the bunkers where the material is stored, and the licenses to handle it.

Last Monday, a Webster Parish grand jury indicted Explo and six employees on charges related to the storage of the military-grade propellants.

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