Bunkers Needed for Explosives After Evacuation

Jan 12, 2013

Authorities say they have run out of bunkers at a Louisiana military base for some of the millions of pounds explosives that caused a town's evacuation after the material was found haphazardly stored.

Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton says authorities are searching for more bunker space to store a military propellant called M6. The material could have to be moved out of state.

Authorities have already moved more than 6 million pounds of explosives after an explosion in October triggered an investigation of Explo Systems Inc., which had an army contract to demilitarize the material.

Explo Systems rents space for its business at Camp Minden, a sprawling Louisiana National Guard base.

The town of Doyline was evacuated in December because authorities feared any explosion could trigger a massive chain reaction.