Authorities Watch The Sky While Moving Tons Of Explosives

DOYLINE, La. (December 3, 2012)--Authorities were keeping a close eye on the weather and watching for lightning Tuesday as they continued to work to secure 6 million pounds of explosives at a former ammunition plant in northwest Louisiana.

State police spokeswoman Lt. Julie Lewis said the crews will suspend efforts to relocate the M6 propellant into bunkers if lightning is spotted within five miles of the site.

The National Weather Service forecast said the chance for rain Tuesday is 60 percent and said isolated thunderstorms are possible.

Discovery of the improperly stored material at the Camp Minden industrial site led to evacuation of the nearby town of Doyline, La., and prompted a criminal investigation of Explo Systems Inc.

As of Monday, crews had segregated or safely stored 1.2 million pounds.

Explo has not publicly commented on the investigation.


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