2003 CPEO Military List Archive

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Date: 28 Aug 2003 14:30:32 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Crews find projectile at former weapons site
South Dakota
Crews find projectile at former weapons site
By Carson Walker
Posted on Thu, Aug. 28, 2003

SIOUX FALLS - Workers at the former Black Hills Army Depot unearthed a
rusty old rocket containing an unknown substance in a spot primarily
used to destroy chemical weapons, a state official said Wednesday.

Crews discovered the 155 mm projectile Tuesday while clearing the
surface of an area called Burning Ground 1 to prepare it for erosion
control work, said Jill Solberg, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official
in Omaha, Neb.

''They have no clue as to what era it's from. There are no markings on
it. That's why they're bringing in the experts,'' she said.

A bomb squad from Ellsworth Air Force Base evaluated the bomb, which was
moved to one of the 800 earthen igloos at the southwestern South Dakota
depot once used to store the nation's munitions.

A special Army unit from Arkansas is to arrive Friday for more tests on
the weapon to figure out what it contains, she said. It's about 6 inches
in diameter and just under 2 feet long.

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