This photo released by the Louisiana State Police shows piles of explosive powder that were found by authorities at the Camp Minden industrial site in Doyline, La.
(Louisiana State Police via AP)
Police have evacuated a town in northwest Louisiana while they move out around 6 million pounds of illegally stored explosives.
half of the approximately 800 residents of Doyline, where scenes from
HBO's popular "True Blood" series have been filmed, were evacuated
Friday after authorities discovered around 1 million pounds of explosive
powder stored by Explo Systems Inc. at Camp Minden, a former army
Authorities moved to evacuate the town of its
remaining residents Sunday after discovering up to six times more M6
artillery propellant -- 6 million pounds -- at the site, according to NBC station KTAL in Shreveport.
Police and Explo employees have moved just under 1 million pounds of
the explosives into 18-wheelers, and have segregated another 250,000
pounds of the material for future removal, KTAL reported late Sunday.
In a statement, police said the process was "time-consuming" but so far there had been "no unexpected problems, incidents and injuries."
The explosives had been improperly stored, officials said. The
material should have been housed in a bunker approved by the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and registered with the
Louisiana State Police explosives division.
Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton did not expect the evacuation order to be lifted until Tuesday, KTAL reported.
Doyline has shut local schools on Monday and was considering staying shut on Tuesday as well, according to Webster.
Doyline is situated about 270 miles northwest of New Orleans.
State Police Col. Mike Edmunson said that the owners of Explo were in
South Korea, but were scheduled to return to the United States on
Monday, according to KTAL.
State police said the improperly stored
materials were discovered during a follow-up inspection to an Oct. 15
explosion at the Camp Minden property.
According to its website,
Explo "has been demilitarizing / recovering explosives / propellant for
over 15 years" and "has a unique, on-site capability for purifying
valuable TNT from tritonal for reuse."
It has operated at Camp Minden for seven years, according to the site.
calls to the Louisiana State Police went unanswered early Monday. The
man who answered the phone at the Webster Parish Sheriff's Office said
he was not authorized to comment to the media.