Controlled burn at Camp Minden scheduled Friday
MINDEN - The Louisiana National Guard says the smallest of three burns to destroy unstable and potentially explosive material at Camp Minden is scheduled Friday, if weather permits.
A news release Thursday says experts from Fort Hood, Texas, plan to set fire to about 820 pounds of clean-burning igniter - the compound used to touch off M6 propellant in artillery shells.
If conditions remain favorable, the team will ignite 57 tons in a second bunker on Sunday, with the remainder to be touched off Nov. 5. The third bunker holds 42 tons of igniter and 20 tons of M6.
A bunker of igniter exploded at the camp Sept. 29. Nobody was hurt.
A contractor abandoned about 160 tons of igniter and 7,800 tons of propellant when it went bankrupt in 2013.