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Unexploded Ordnance Safety

Unexploded Ordnance Safety

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“I F YO D O U N DI O D T PI NO CK T D IT RO U P P!

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DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY VICE CHIEF OF STAFF, US ARMY GENERAL JOHN M. KEANE
Message From General John M. Keane R 071647Z Jul 00 Subject: Protection of the Public from Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) It has long been DOD and Army policy to use live munitions and manage live-fire training ranges in a manner that supports national security objectives and maintains a high state of operational readiness, while at the same time protecting human health and safety to the maximum extent practicable. I ask commanders and supervisors who have responsibility for management of installations with ranges to review carefully the Army’s public access and education requirements to ensure that local implementing procedures and controls both comply with these requirements and are sufficiently protective of the public. In this regard, it is imperative that special emphasis be placed on standards and procedures.

CAMP SHELBY’S, MS UXO INCIDENT A TRAGIC REMINDER

On 25 May 2000, two teenage boys were seriously injured when an unexploded (UXO) round removed from a Camp Shelby, Mississippi training range detonated in the driveway of a Wiggins, MS, home. One boy, who had lost both arms and part of a foot, died on Saturday the 27th. The other boy incurred severe shrapnel injuries.

CAMP SHELBY’S, MS UXO INCIDENT A TRAGIC REMINDER

At Camp Shelby, MS the boys said they found the anti-tank (AT) rounds about two months ago when their car got stuck in the mud. They used the rounds to wedge under the tires to free the car. They later decided to take the rounds home as souvenirs. As sad as this tragedy is, Wiggins Police Chief, Steve Compston says it could have been worse. Reportedly, last week, about 20 young people were playing with the shells at a popular swimming hole west of town. During a press conference, Camp Shelby, MS officials said they’ve done everything possible to prevent a tragedy.

CAMP SHELBY’S, MS UXO INCIDENT A TRAGIC REMINDER

“We posted warning, restricted area signs and have security personnel patrolling the areas”. As the Camp Shelby, MS tragedy unfolded, a Perry County mother said “You’ve got areas where you’re allowed to go and where you’re not allowed to go, but no where is there a sign around telling you don’t pick up anything.”

DON’T PICK UP ANYTHING

UXO P ROCEDURE S A ND CO NT RO LS

Fort Rucker has posted range boundaries and off-limit areas with permanent warning signs to prohibit trespass and entry by unauthorized personnel into impact areas and surface danger zones is mandatory. The signs clearly indicate that trespassing or the removal of items is prohibited under penalties provided by law, emphasize the danger connected with the range area and handling of UXO, and be posted at 200 meter intervals or less.

UXO P ROCEDURE S A ND CO NT RO LS

Fort Rucker utilizes the Public Affairs Office to warn nearby communities of the hazards of trespassing on ranges and handling UXOs. Fort Rucker has an outreach program to educate school children, both on and off the installation, on range hazards.

WHAT IS A DUD?

A DUD IS AN EXPLOSIVE DEVICE THAT HAS BEEN FIRED BUT NOT EXPLODED. IT IS LIKE A ROCKET THAT MAY EXPLODE WHEN IT IS TOUCHED OR DROPPED-MAYBE NOT THE FIRST TIME, BUT ALWAYS WITH DEADLY FORCE.

WHY ARE THERE DUDS?

THE ARMY’S JOB IS TO PROTECT YOU, BUT TO DO THAT WE HAVE TO TRAIN CONSTANTLY-- AND TRAINING OFTEN INVOLVES USING EXPLOSIVES SUCH AS ARTILLERY SHELLS AND GRENADES.

WHERE ARE DUDS FOUND?

THE ARMY FIRES ITS EXPLOSIVES INTO IMPACT AREAS. THESE IMPACT AREAS ARE VERY LARGE IN SIZE AND ARE IN CONSTANT USE, EVEN ON WEEKENDS. THEY CAN BE FOUND ON NEARLY EVERY ARMY INSTALLATION, INCLUDING FORT RUCKER, ALABAMA.

WHAT CAUSES DUDS?

NOT EVERY SHELL OR GRENADE THAT LANDS IN AN IMPACT AREA WILL EXPLODE, BECAUSE NOT ALL AMMUNITION IS PERFECTLY MANUFACTURED. BUT THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT THESE DUDS ARE HARMLESS. ALMOST ANYTHING CAN MAKE DUDS GO OFF; TOUCHING OR PICKING THEM UP;THROWING STICKS OR ROCKS AT THEM; DISTURBING THE GROUND AROUND THEM.

WHAT ABOUT IMPACT AREAS?

AN IMPACT AREA IS NOT THE IDEAL PLACE TO HANG OUT OR GO EXPLORING FOR SOUVENIRS. SIGNS MARK THE BOUNDARIES OF IMPACT AREAS, SO IF YOU’RE IN THE WOODS AND SUDDENLY FIND SUCH A SIGN, DON’T IGNORE IT. LEAVE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY, AND ABOVE ALL, DON’T TOUCH ANY MAN-MADE OBJECTS.

CAUTION!

NOT ALL DUDS ARE FOUND IN AN IMPACT AREA; SOME LAND OUTSIDE THE ZONE, AND OTHERS HAVE EVEN BEEN TAKEN HOME TO BE USED AS DOOR STOPS AND DESK ORNAMENTS.

WHAT IF I FIND A DUD?

AFTER IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL UNEXPLODED DUDS, DO NOT MOVE ANY CLOSER TO IT. SOME TYPES OF UNEXPLODED DUDS HAVE MAGNETIC OR MOTIONSENSITIVE PROXIMITY FUZING THAT MAY DETONATE WHEN THEY SENSE A TARGET. OTHERS MAY HAVE SELF-DESTRUCT TIMERS BUILT IN. CHEMICAL GRENADES CAN CAUSE SERIOUS BURNS AND INHALATION HAZARDS. ILLUMINATION FLARES CAN CAUSE SERIOUS BURNS TO THE EYE. ILLUMINATION FLARES CAN ALSO CAUSE BURNS UPON CONTACT WITH HUMAN FLESH. DO NOT MAKE ANY RADIO TRANSMISSIONS IN THE VICINITY OF A SUSPECTED UNEXPLODED DUD HAZARD. SIGNALS TRANSMITTED FROM ITEMS SUCH AS WALKIE-TALKIES, SHORT-WAVE RADIOS, CITIZENS’ BAND (CB) RADIOS, OR OTHER COMMUNICATION AND NAVIGATION DEVICES MAY DETONATE THE UNEXPLODED DUDS. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE ANY OBJECT ON, ATTACHED TO, OR NEAR UNEXPLODED DUDS. SUBMUNITIONS AND MINES ARE EXTREMELY

WHAT SHOULD I DO STEP #1

STOP-AVOID-PROTECT-REPORT

STOP Mark the area where you are standing. Mark the entrance into the area. Mark an area around the unexploded dud, IF POSSIBLE. YOUR SAFETY IS FIRST

WHAT SHOULD I DO STEP #2

AVOID Avoid any unnecessary movement. Avoid using other trails or roads in the area. Avoid radio or cellular phone transmissions within 50 feet. Avoid moving or disturbing the unexploded dud.

WHAT SHOULD I DO STEP #3

USE PROTECTIVE MEASURES Your safest distance from a unexploded dud is 1,250 feet or two football fields.

DO NOT TA KE A NY UNNECES SA RY RISK

WHAT SHOULD I DO STEP #4

REPORT Your name, address, telephone number. Date and Time of discovery Location (e.g.hunting or training area, range name or number, etc.) Condition of unexploded dud (e.g.buried, partially buried, or fully exposed, etc) Remember the dud shape, color or any markings

WHAT SHOULD I DO STEP #4

REPORT TO Range Control Outdoor Rec. Military Police Fire 255-4744/4978 255-4305 255-2222 911

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