Landmines in my back yard in Fayetteville!?! ~ News, Politics and Anything Else I Want to Say

Monday, November 3, 2008

Landmines in my back yard in Fayetteville!?!

A few days ago when my wife came home she noticed a news crew and a few police cars near the entrance of the construction area behind our apartment building. We had no idea what was going on but since then there has been a security guard there 24/7. Today while walking the dog I asked the guard what happened. I initially thought it might be human remains but I was fortunately (maybe) wrong. There were landmines and other ordinances found back there!!
Construction workers unearthed two live anti-tank mines Thursday afternoon at the Carrington Place Apartments.

Agent Joe Lenczyk, of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, said the mines could have been buried on the site for 50 years and probably dated from World War II era.

In addition to the two live mines, about 10 training rounds were also found. The mines lacked fuses, so they posed no immediate danger of detonation, Lenczyk said.

No evacuations were necessary.

"If they had exploded, it would have been devastating damage," Lenczyk said, noting that a spark, fire or jostling by construction equipment could have set them off.

An explosives unit from Fort Bragg responded to the scene at 4230 Falmont Place. The Explosives Ordnance Disposal team will excavate the mines and take them back to the post to be destroyed.

Lenczyk declined to speculate about whether or when construction would resume. He said the decision is up to the apartment owners, who must consider whether to undertake the costly prospect of looking for other ordnance in the area.

Since I work from home I have been VERY annoyed at all the loud construction just outside of my window every day due to this construction so I am a little glad they had to stop. I'm certainly not so happy about why. Interestingly enough I also walked through those woods a few months ago (when they still were woods) looking for a Geocache. I think I am a little pissed at the apartment complex for not telling us about this yet!

I've taken a bunch of videos of all the construction as it has been taking place and put them on YouTube.

1 comment:

Belinda said...

I heard about that! Scary stuff! And even moreso that you live right there! Watch you step!