Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Mystery boom mystery widening now to 11 booms

At least eleven military explosions have occurred Monday and Tuesday, a minimum of ten large-caliber ammunition ground-rattling explosions from a Louisiana Military Department bomb recycling plant in the northwestern Louisiana forcing evacuations of at least 600 students, over 400 prisoners and 800 residents of Doyline, and one militaryexplosion injuring a man in Alabama.
"[C]itizens were shaken out of bed and windows were shattered during the late night hours Oct. 15," according to Accuweather.
The blast and resulting fire at the underground Explo Systems site at Camp Minden resulted in authorities asking residents of the eastern section of Doyline to leave the area, according to AP.
After the initial blast, more explosions followed about every 10 minutes as the fire was allowed to burn, AP says.
The units where the explosions reportedly cam from are self-contained, partially underground and designed to send any blast upward and not outward to minimalize damage.
Windows shattered in Dixie Inn and Minden.
Sheriff Gary Sexton said home video surveillance cameras as far as 25 miles away captured the sound of the explosion and a glow in the sky.
Officials say they have no idea what caused it to blow.
Explo Systems opened its site in January with a military contract to disassemble bombs and recycle bomb components. It has had other recent explosions at Camp Minden.
The National Guard oversees Camp Minden, its newest military training site.
Camp Minden is a former Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant that produced large-caliber ammunition for the military until closing in 1994.
The facility says on its website:
In 1941, the Federal Government acquired 15,868 acres of farms, farmland and private lands for construction of The Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant (LAAP). In January 2005 the entire area that formally belonged to the U.S. Government as LAAP totaling 14,995 acres was deeded over to the State of Louisiana under the control of the Louisiana Military Department.
"Louisiana took the site over from the federal government last year and it is now occupied by several businesses," says AP.
According to many residents, something come down instead of something blow up.

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