AP: Bunkers needed for explosives after evacuation

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Associated Press

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 10 at 8:03 PM

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

Sheriff Gary Sexton in Louisiana's Webster Parish said Thursday authorities are searching for more bunker space to store a military propellant called M6, which is used in artillery shells.

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 Louisiana National Guard base.

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

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