2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2011 11:39:27 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS: Blow in Place at White Sands Missile Range (NM)
UXO brings loud booms to WSMR

By Drew Hamilton
Alamogordo Daily News
April 24, 2011

Explosive ordnance disposal technicians made some noise on White Sands Missile Range when they destroyed some duds at the Small Arms Range April 7.

Technicians from UXB International, the company that supports ordnance disposal on WSMR, used demolition charges to blow up some 40mm training grenades that failed to explode during tests conducted earlier this year. The grenades, used for training on weapons like the Mk 19 automatic grenade launcher, are small blue canister shaped devices about the size of a pill bottle.


Unexploded ordnance is a major concern on WSMR, which has been a training and test facility since World War II. Artillery, rockets, bombs and cluster munitions, and small arms have all been used on WSMR ranges in the past, and it's possible for unexploded ordnance to be found in most range areas. UXO can come in almost any shape, size or color, from small blue canisters like the grenades destroyed at the small arms range, to larger camouflage colored artillery shells and bombs. Anyone that finds something that might be UXO should take extreme caution.


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Lenny Siegel
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