Unexploded ordnance found, disposed of in San Pedro Conservation area

Updated: Feb. 21, 2014 at 6:10 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently reopened two sites within the San Pedro National Conservation area, which were closed to public use.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers found two pieces of unexploded ordnance (UXO) during the closure of two sites within the San Pedro National Conservation area.  According to a BLM release the areas had been closed since November 2013 for an investigation and study, the sites were formerly used by the U.S. military and located outside Ft. Huachuca.

According to the BLM release the Corps of Engineers tested samples and used equipment to detect anomalies beneath the soil.  The two pieces of unexploded ordnance were detonated in order for them to be safely removed.  A further report of the findings is expected to be released soon.

Signs were posted during the detonation of the ordnance to protect the public during the blasting, and signs will continue to be posted according to the release.  BLM has said even though all known unexploded ordnance has been removed from the area, there may still be more beneath the surface. Signs will continue to be posted warning the public of this possibility.

In addition the signs will have information advising the public of what to do if they see any suspicious, unnatural or manmade objects on public lands – call 911 and move away from the area, note location, route and landmarks or any other features that would help authorities locate the unexploded ordinance.

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