Munitions sifted from beach stored near school

February 11, 2009 6:45:37 AM PST
World War I-era munitions that are being sifted from one of New Jersey's most popular beaches are being stored near a school, a playground and a library. Surf City Mayor Leonard Connors says the town will demand the Army Corps of Engineers move the sandbag bunker from the Public Works Yard. Connors says he just found out the munitions have been stored for two years.

The yard is a few hundred feet from the elementary school, playground and library.

Army Corps spokesman Keith Watson says the corps has nowhere else to store them and there's no danger to the public.

Watson says it has been calculated that a particle could fly 17 feet if the maximum amount of munitions that could be stored in the yard ever exploded.

Workers have retrieved 1,213 pieces of munitions that were mistakenly pumped ashore as part of a beach replenishment project.

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Information from: The Press of Atlantic City, http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com

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