Officials warn of possible WWII weaponry in Calif.

Officials warn of possible WWII weaponry in Calif.

6 October 2008

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USA — Forest Service officials are warning visitors about possible unexploded World War II weaponry in a remote area in northern Ventura County.

Officials said Monday that the Dry Canyon area in the Los Padres National Forest was used as an artillery training range during World War II.

They say a recent examination conducted as part of a nationwide survey of former defense sites found fragments of exploded weaponry.

Ranger Tom Kuekes says the presence of the fragments doesn’t require closing the area to the public, but visitors should exercise caution.

Kuekes says the Army used the area from 1942 to 1944, inspected it several times from 1945 and 1951 and then turned it over to the Forest Service in May 1952.

The military will assess the area to determine if any cleanup is needed.

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