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Raleigh waits on Army before banning ammo at scrap plants

Posted May 16, 2008
Updated May 17, 2008

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— Three months after a load of unexploded ordnance wound up at a Raleigh scrap-metals plant, city officials continue to study possible limits on what materials such plants can accept.

Two workers were injured in February when military munitions in a load of scrap metal exploded at at Raleigh Metals Recycling, a scrap processing plant on Garner Road.

A team of munitions experts from Fort Bragg spent four days locating and detonating more than 30 explosive devices at the scrap plant. Garner Road had to be shut down, and nearby residents were forced from their homes during the operation.

Four men have been detained in the case, and authorities located other munitions at a mobile home park in Sanford.

The Raleigh City Council's Law and Public Safety Committee has been looking at tightening local ordinances since February to prevent similar problems in the future. This week, committee members said they can not take any action until they receive a report from the Army and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which has been investigating the case.

City officials said they want to know exactly where the munitions came from and how they ended up at the plant before they set the language in any proposed ordinance.

Army officials at Fort Bragg and agents with the ATF in Charlotte couldn't be reached for comment Friday.

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  • whatelseisnew May 16, 2008

    Yes; I had heard that writing an ordinance would absolutely prevent munitions from exploding. The army is testing it as a defensive measure to be used in the field. Unfortunately, the testing is on hold until the council writes the ordinance. Do you really think that when someone hauls in a truck load of scrap that any yard will spend a bunch of time sorting through it before they have the trucker dump it.

  • moreupset May 16, 2008

    City officials said they want to know exactly where the munitions came from and how they ended up at the plant before they set the language in any proposed ordinance.

    What does were it came from and how it got there have to do with the language?

    City Officials need to leave excuses behind and get on with business.

  • foetine May 16, 2008

    it wasn't like the metal place was buying old warheads. Why not pass a law that plants can't accept used nuclear bombs.

  • denverbob234 May 16, 2008

    Typical for Raleigh. Just can't get it right. Why wait to fix stupidity, unless you are more stupid than stupid.