Work to begin this month to destroy old munitions

GADSDEN, AL (AP) - The Army will begin destruction later this month of munitions found at the site of a long abandoned Army base near Gadsden.

Greg Nielson of the Chemical Materials Agency, a contractor for the U.S. Army at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, told The Gadsden Times that the munitions were found at the site of Camp Sibert. It was a live-fire training area for chemical weapons during World War II.

Nielson told The Times an Explosive Destruction System will be used to detonate the munitions. The munitions include 4.2-inch mortars that are filled with various types of tear gas, smoke and water. Most of the munitions were dug out of the ground at the site of the old camp near Attalla southwest of Gadsden.

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