Unexploded rounds exploding limits firefighting

Unexploded rounds exploding limits firefighting

14 October 2010

published by www.wxvt.com

USA —  An Arkansas National Guard official says unexploded small-arms ammunition being set off by the heat of a wildfire burning on Camp Robinson in North Little Rock is limiting the methods that firefighters can use against the blaze.

Guard spokesman Capt. Chris Heathscott said the fire is being fought from the air, using helicopters to dump water on it, and from a distance by using heavy equipment to improve firebreaks already in place.

But he said no personnel are entering the area where the fire is burning because it is an impact area for several small-arms practice ranges on the post. He said that, near the fire, people could occasionally hear pops now and then as an unexploded cartridge is set off by the hear of the blaze.

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