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LA Watches for Lightening as Crews Move Explosives

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 5:14am

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DOYLINE, La. (AP) — Authorities are keeping a close eye on the weather and watching for lightning as they work to secure 6 million pounds of explosives at a former ammunition plant in northwest Louisiana.

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State police spokeswoman Lt. Julie Lewis says crews will suspend efforts to relocate the M6 propellant into bunkers if lightning is spotted within five miles of the site.

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The National Weather Service forecast says the chance for rain Tuesday is 60 percent and isolated thunderstorms are possible.

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Discovery of the improperly stored material at the Camp Minden industrial site led to evacuation of the nearby town of Doyline (doy LEEN') and prompted a criminal investigation of Explo Systems Inc.

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As of Monday, crews had segregated or safely stored 1.2 million pounds.

Explo has not publicly commented on the investigation.

 

 

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