Burning of M6 propellant complete at Camp Minden, but future of burn chamber uncertain
Posted on 4/14/2017 11:18:00 AM.

The burning of M6 propellant at Camp Minden in Webster Parish is complete, but the job might not be done yet. The Louisiana National Guard has the option to extend their contract with ESI and allow them to continue to burn off hazardous substances there. But LSU Shreveport science professor Brian Salvatore, who sits on the concerned citizens’ advisory board, wants the burning to stop now.

Brian Salvatore, Camp Minden, burn chamber, Webster Parish

Camp Minden begins burning volatile explosives
Posted on 10/28/2016 4:30:00 AM.

Today, Camp Minden officials will begin burning off volatile explosives that are stored in three bunkers at the Louisiana National Guard Facility in Webster Parish. Col. Ed Bush says 200,000 pounds of explosives are left of the 320,000 pounds that have been stored at Camp Minden since the company that was storing them improperly went out of business. He says they plan on burning one of the three bunkers today.

Col. Ed Bush, Camp Minden, explosives

Officials plan to destroy unstable explosives at Camp Minden
Posted on 10/14/2016 10:26:00 AM.

Officials announce plans to dispose volatile explosives at Camp Minden in Webster Parish that led to a bunker exploding in September. Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Chuck Brown says there are three bunkers that contain Clean Burning Ignitor, which is deteriorating and becoming more unstable. He says on Monday they plan to open the doors of one of the bunkers and let the fire out.

Chuck Brown, Camp Minden, DEQ

Agencies update public on destruction of explosives at Camp Minden
Posted on 10/13/2016 10:19:00 AM.

A town hall meeting will be held Thursday night to update the public on the ongoing effort to destroy the remaining 100 tons of deteriorating explosives at Camp Minden in Webster Parish. Last month, a storage bunker filled with M-6 propellant exploded, causing quite a stir.

Col. Ed Bush, Camp Minden, explosives

National Guard: bunker that exploded at Camp Minden designed to handle blasts
Posted on 9/29/2016 6:01:00 PM.

The Louisiana National Guard says the bunker that exploded at Camp Minden operated the way it was designed to handle such a blast, as it contained and controlled the M6 propellant. Matt Harris with Louisiana State Police says no people or property were hurt in the explosion.

Matt Harris, Camp Minden, Louisiana National Guard

No injuries in Camp Minden explosion
Posted on 9/29/2016 10:21:00 AM.

An explosion lit up the sky at Camp Minden in Webster Parish around 5:00 this morning. The Louisiana National Guard reports a storage bunker filled with M6 propellant exploded. Crews have been working around the clock to destroy these explosives, which were improperly stored several years ago. Minden Representative Gene Reynolds says thankfully no one was injured.

Gene Reynolds, Camp Minden, explosion

First test burn of explosives successful at Camp Minden
Posted on 4/14/2016 11:42:00 AM.

The Louisiana National Guard at Camp Minden in Webster Parish successfully conducted their first test burn of 88 pounds of M6 propellant. Col. Pete Schneider says over the next 30 days they’ll ramp up different amounts until they reach the full capacity of about 800 pounds. He believes it’ll take about a year to burn all of the propellant that was improperly stored by Explo Systems.

Camp Minden, burn chamber, M6, explosive, Pete Schneider, Explo Systems

Huge burn chamber arrives at Camp Minden
Posted on 2/12/2016 12:39:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Now that the giant burn chamber has arrived at Camp Minden, the process of disposing of the millions of pounds of M6 propellant can begin. Louisiana National Guard spokesman Col Pete Schneider says it will take about 4 days to get the massive structure installed.
camp minden, burn chamber, explosives, M6, pete schneider, explosive service international

Burn chamber to dispose of explosives begins its journey to Camp Minden
Posted on 2/8/2016 2:01:00 AM.

The burn chamber created to burn 16 million pounds of M6 propellant at Camp Minden begins its trek today on highways through four northwest Louisiana parishes. The Department of Transportation is advising drivers to prepare for delays. DOTD Spokesperson Cindy Dorfner says because of its size, the chamber can only go 15 miles per hour.

Camp Minden, burn chamber, M6, explosives, Cindy Dorfner, DOTD

Burn chamber to dispose of explosives to be delivered to Camp Minden Feb. 12
Posted on 1/27/2016 1:01:00 PM.

The contained burn chamber that will be used to dispose of 16 million pounds of M6 propellant at Camp Minden is scheduled to arrive at the Part of Natchitoches on February 6th. Col. Pete Schneider with the National Guard says once the burn chamber begins its four day journey from the port and it will arrive at Camp Minden on February 12thth

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