UPDATE: Final big burn at Camp Minden successful

By Louisiana National Guard Public Affairs Office

U.S. Army Pfc. Alec Wheeler, an Explosive Ordnance Disposal soldier, assigned to the 797th Ordnance Company (EOD), 79th Ordnance Battalion (EOD), 71st Ordnance Group, Fort Hood, Texas, dismantles a transmitter after initiating a controlled burn at the safe zone on Camp Minden in Minden, Louisiana, Nov. 1, 2016. Wheeler was part of an EOD team tasked with clearing a magazine containing Cleaning Burning Ignitor and M6 propellant that had become destabilized. (U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Cole Erickson)

PINEVILLE, La. – The final big burn of 85,000 pounds of Clean Burning Ignitor (CBI) and 40,000 pounds of M6 propellant stored in magazine #2471 was successfully conducted today at 12 p.m., at the Louisiana National Guard’s Camp Minden in Minden.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel from the Army’s 797th Ordnance Company (EOD) and 79th Ordnance Battalion (EOD) from Fort Hood, Texas, conducted the burn. The EPA monitored the burn at four stations, as well as with their Trace Atmospheric Gas Analyzer (TAGA) bus downwind of the burn.

EOD must wait 24-hours before going into the area to make an assessment of the destruction and look for any

remaining CBI following the burn. The remaining 192 pounds of CBI from the second burn, and any from the final burn, will be destroyed on Nov. 2, after the 24-hour safety period has passed.

The point of contact for the Louisiana National Guard regarding this incident is Col. Ed Bush at (318) 416-7414 or edward.m.bush.mil@mail.mil.

U.S. Army Pfc. Alec Wheeler, an Explosive Ordnance Disposal soldier, assigned to the 797th Ordnance Company (EOD), 79th Ordnance Battalion (EOD), 71st Ordnance Group, from Fort Hood, Texas, straps on his improved outer tactical vest in the safe zone on Camp Minden in Minden, Louisiana, Nov. 1, 2016. Wheeler was preparing to conduct a controlled burn of a magazine containing Clean Burning Ignitor and M6 propellant that had become destabilized. (U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Cole Erickson)

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