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Landmines unearthed at Fayetteville apartment complex

Posted October 30, 2008

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— Construction workers unearthed two live anti-tank mines Thursday afternoon at the Carrington Place Apartments.

Agent Joe Lenczyk, of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, said the mines could have been buried on the site for 50 years and probably dated from World War II era.

In addition to the two live mines, about 10 training rounds were also found. The mines lacked fuses, so they posed no immediate danger of detonation, Lenczyk said.

No evacuations were necessary.

"If they had exploded, it would have been devastating damage," Lenczyk said, noting that a spark, fire or jostling by construction equipment could have set them off.

An explosives unit from Fort Bragg responded to the scene at 4230 Falmont Place. The Explosives Ordnance Disposal team will excavate the mines and take them back to the post to be destroyed.

Lenczyk declined to speculate about whether or when construction would resume. He said the decision is up to the apartment owners, who must consider whether to undertake the costly prospect of looking for other ordnance in the area.


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  • frosty Oct 31, 2008

    I am a little confused by the language in the story. How can a land mine be "live" if it has no fuse?? I guess it just sounds sexier that way.

  • chfdcpt Oct 31, 2008

    wa4mjf, I agree with you. By the pictures it seems like it is a new project under construction. Sort of sounds like the folks that buy a house close to the airport and complain about the noise.

    Of course, if the mines have been in the ground for about 50 years, I seriously doubt that it had anything to do with terrorists.

  • Scarecrow Cow Oct 30, 2008

    And here we are in Cary complaining about houses painted ugly colors. At least we don't have land mines.

  • RonnieR Oct 30, 2008

    Probaly was former Bragg land that was sold after the war. Many areas like this throughout the country. Butner comes to mind. The Army told the buyers that there was probably ordinance buried in the land, but folks chose to develop it anyway. Not the Army's job to clear it. The folks got the land at a "bargin" price for that very reason.

  • something2say Oct 30, 2008

    apartment owners, who must consider whether to undertake the costly prospect of looking for other ordnance in the area.

    Interesting....... The army will come and get them if you choose to find them but if you don't look you can't build! We can pay victims for things that happened to them decades ago but we can't clean up our own war items? I hope the Army decides to take it upon themselves to keep the community safe but doing their own search for Ordnance.

  • lizard Oct 30, 2008

    The republicans are trying to suppress the vote. Obviously Bush had Haliburton bury them there.

  • NZ Oct 30, 2008

    Oh those army boys playing with their toys!

  • jaxmom Oct 30, 2008

    Now that is news!

  • RowdyFriend Oct 30, 2008

    Interesting....remember after 9/11, when there were warnings about terrorists possibly targeting apartment complexes? Makes you wonder.....

  • gr Oct 30, 2008

    This could definately be "trick" or "treat" depending on if you step on one or not