2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 18 Feb 2005 18:41:16 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Clam-shell-shocked in Delaware
Army is fishing for ammo
Old grenades made their way to clamshell driveways.

By Steve Goldstein
Philadelphia Inquirer (PA)
February 16, 2005

WASHINGTON - Prepare to be shell-shocked: Ordnance experts are
scrambling to defuse driveways that have the potential to explode.

The Army is investigating incidents of unexploded World War I-era
munitions showing up in clamshells used as paving material for driveways
and parking areas in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

The ordnance was dredged up over the last 18 months from the ocean floor
during mechanical clam-harvesting operations off the New Jersey coast,
in the vicinity of Atlantic City, according to Robert Williams of the
Army Corps of Engineers, which is conducting the probe.

More than 300 munitions - mostly British- and French-made hand grenades
but at least one 75mm projectile containing a chemical agent - have been
recovered from 18 driveways and a Delaware clam-processing plant,
Williams said.

Some grenades were actually found inside the clams.


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Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
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