3 bunkers of 'clean-burning igniter' to be burned in place
NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's environmental secretary says military experts report that material which exploded last month at Camp Minden is so unstable that the rest of it should be burned in place this month.
Environmental Quality Secretary Chuck Brown says three bunkers at Camp Minden hold nearly 100 tons of "clean-burning igniter," the compound used to touch off M6 propellant in artillery shells.
A bunker of igniter exploded early Sept. 29 at the camp, where a company went bankrupt in 2013 and abandoned about 160 tons of igniter and 7,800 tons of M6.
Brown says robots would open the bunker doors to give the fire a way out, making it more like a rocket flame than an explosion.
He says proposed dates are Monday, a week from Saturday, and Oct. 29.