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Third burn of remaining CBI may take place Monday night

by Minden Press-Herald

CAMP MINDEN — The third burn of the remaining Clean Burning Ignitor has been tentatively set for late Monday night, the Louisiana National Guard said in a release.

The magazine, which contains 85,000 pounds of CBI and 40,000 pounds of M6 propellant, may be detonated between 11:30 p.m. Monday and 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Army officials will determine if the burn can take place Monday morning after Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel and firefighters survey the area of Sunday’s burn to ensure all brush fires are extinguished.

Sunday around 8:30 a.m., the second burn of 114,000 pounds of CBI was conducted by Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel from the Army’s 797th Ordnance Company (EOD) and 79th Ordnance Battalion (EOD) from Fort Hood, Texas.

The Louisiana National Guard’s LUH-72 Lakota and the RQ-11B Raven unmanned aerial vehicle provided a live-link video feed of the ignition. As a safety precaution, EOD must wait 24 hours before going into the area to make an assessment of the destruction and look for any remaining CBI.

Video from the air assets showed several small brush fires broke out as expected, but are contained inside the fire break. Firefighters from Bossier Parish Fire District #1 will not be allowed into the area until the 24-hour period has passed.

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