POSTED: Monday, December 3, 2012 - 10:10am
UPDATED: Monday, December 3, 2012 - 1:19pm
DOYLINE, LA (NBC33) — A town of roughly 800 people was evacuated by the Louisiana State Police due to the removal of explosives that have been improperly stored.
On Saturday, Dec. 1, the process began to move an estimated 6 million pounds of improperly stores propellant at the Camp Minden location of Explo Systems. Residents in the town of Doyline have been evacuated during the process.
“As public safety continues to be paramount in this process, qualified Explo System’s employees, working under the direct supervision of Louisiana State Police Emergency Services Technicians, have completed the first day of segregation of the improperly stores propellant,” Trooper Matt Harris, Louisiana State Police Troop G, reported on Saturday.
Although officials first reported there was no need for a full evacuation, the decision to move remaining residents in the area came on Sunday, Dec. 2. Col. Mike Edmunson says the evacuation could extend until Tuesday, Dec. 4.
Louisiana State Police said the M6 smokeless gunpowder was found during a follow-up inspection after an October 15 blast at Explo Systems, Inc. The explosive materials were found "in the open and in other unapproved locations" on property leased by Explo, police said.