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Military releases more details about detonations at Camp Minden

A public gathering was held Oct. 13 at Camp Minden about plans to destroy explosives at the compound. (Source: Nick Lawton/KSLA News 12) A public gathering was held Oct. 13 at Camp Minden about plans to destroy explosives at the compound. (Source: Nick Lawton/KSLA News 12)
Magazine 505 will be detonated  between October 17th and the 20th. (Source: Nick Lawton, KSLA) Magazine 505 will be detonated between October 17th and the 20th. (Source: Nick Lawton, KSLA)
Magazines 2432 and 2471 will be detonated on October 22nd and 29th, respectively. (Source: Nick Lawton, KSLA) Magazines 2432 and 2471 will be detonated on October 22nd and 29th, respectively. (Source: Nick Lawton, KSLA)
CAMP MINDEN, LA (KSLA) -

The Louisiana Army National Guard just released a more detailed schedule for destroying in place the tons of clean-burning igniter, commonly referred to as CBI, remaining at Camp Minden.

The announcement was made during a public town hall-style briefing this evening at the compound in Webster Parish hosted by Louisiana State Police, the Louisiana National Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the Louisiana Military Department.

The National Guard says the controlled detonations will involve 3 different bunkers containing CBI.

Disposal schedule
Oct. 17-20: 820 pounds in Magazine 505.
Oct. 22: more than 114,000 pounds in Magazine 2432.
Oct. 28: more than 85,000 pounds in Magazine 2471.

According to the National Guard, the detonations will be done remotely and inside a safe zone with a 6,400-foot radius. The actual detonation will be conducted by an Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit from Fort Polk.

"EOD team will remotely open the doors to the bunker," said Maj. Gen. Glenn Curtis, adjutant general of the Louisiana Army National Guard. "They will place charges on top of the CBI in place, and then they will go back and remotely detonate that."

Curtis also told KSLA News 12 that they don't anticipate the detonations will lead to explosions. "They do not expect to explode. Be a quick burn.

"We're going to do it in the early morning hours," he said.

Military officials said Wednesday that the Oct. 29 detonation also will include 40,000 pounds of M6 artillery propellant.

News of the controlled detonations was confirmed Wednesday by someone in a meeting that evening at Camp Minden during which the citizens' Community Action Group was briefed by local, state and federal authorities.

Members of the Citizens Advisory Group told KSLA News 12 they want to know what these detonations will put into the air.

"The EPA's timing on the TAGA Bus, that gas analyzer, in the citizens' opinion, needs to be on side before they light anything," said Ron Hager, who chairs the Citizens Advisory Group.

TAGA stands for Trace Atmospheric Gas Analyzers. It's a bus that will be patrolling Minden during the detonations, looking for any harmful chemicals in the air.

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality will be looking for three potential chemicals in the air following these detonations: dinitrotoluene, dipheylamine and dibutylphalate.

DEQ officials said short exposure to them leads to runny noses, watery eyes and coughs and chronic exposure leads to a risk of cancer.

"It's going to drive around in the community and do real-time monitoring," said EPA on-scene coordinator Adam Adams. "We're going to take some samples. We're going to send those samples to laboratories."

At least 50 people showed up for the public gathering Thursday evening in Building A-120 at Camp Minden.

Many residents did not ask questions but expressed hope.

"We go home tonight, y'all say a prayer for these guys," Doyline resident Rebecca Sherrard said. "They're out here with this stuff every day."

The meetings were being held in the wake of an inspection of the Webster Parish compound last week by the Defense Department Explosives Safety Board.

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