Jan 7, 2011

Corps Begins Destroying WW I Munitions in Northwest DC

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to destroy a slew of World War I-era munitions uncovered during a cleanup of a northwest Washington neighborhood beginning next week, officials said Thursday. The Army Corps will use a detonation chamber near Sibley Memorial Hospital in the pricey Spring Valley neighborhood to dispose of about 100 munitions found buried in the yard of a home near American University, said project manager Todd Beckwith. The process begins next week and will cost about $500,000.
Brett Zonger
Associated Press
January 7, 2011

The main noise that will escape the site is the sound of each individual detonation, which Beckwith likened to a car's backfire lasting a fraction of a second 10 time a day ... [Spring Valley advisory neighborhood commissioner] Nan Wells said she still would have preferred to see the munitions taken out of Spring Valley to be destroyed. "I just think an abundance of caution is appropriate, and nothing is fail-safe that has people involved."
Brady Holt

Northwest Current
January 12, 2011

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