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Third burn of CBI at Camp Minden successful

U.S. Army Pfc. Alec Wheeler, an explosive Ordnance Disposal solider, assigned to the 797th Ordnance Company (EOD), 79th Ordnance Battalion (EOD), 71st Ordnance Group, from Fort Hood, Texas, activates a transmitter to initiate a controlled burn in the safe zone on Camp Minden in Minden, Louisiana, Nov. 1, 2016. Wheeler was part of an EOD team tasked with clearing a magazine containing Cleaning Burning Ignitor and M6 propellant that had become destabilized. (U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Cole Erickson)

The third burn of 85,000 pounds of CBI and 40,000 pounds of M6 propellant stored in a magazine was successfully conducted Tuesday at noon at Camp Minden.

A final burn will take place Wednesday to destroy 192 pounds of CBI from the second burn and any remaining from Tuesday’s burn.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel from the Army’s 797th Ordnance Company (EOD) and 79th Ordnance Battalion (EOD) from Fort Hood, Texas, conducted the three burns.

The EPA monitored the burn at four stations, as well as with their Trace Atmospheric Gas Analyzer bus downwind of the burn.
On Friday, a bunker containing 820 pounds of CBI was destroyed and 114,000 pounds was destroyed Sunday.

The Louisiana National Guard confirmed CBI was the cause of the bunker explosion in late September that lit up the morning sky.
Following the explosion, the Louisiana National Gaurd said the remaining 200,000 pounds of CBI would be burned in place.

The M6 propellant and CBI were discovered improperly stored at Explo’s property on Camp Minden after an October 2012 explosion that shook Camp Minden and the surrounding areas.

The explosives were stored in magazines before Explo, which leased space from the National Guard’s industrial site at Camp Minden, went bankrupt in August 2013 and abandoned the site.