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Explosives work at Minden continues

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MINDEN, La., (KNOE 8 News) - Louisiana State Police Emergency Services personnel and Explo Systems employees continue to segregate improperly stored propellant and relocate it to proper storage areas.  

On the sixth day of operations, nearly 200,000 pounds of the improperly stored M6 propellant was methodically removed then correctly stored in approved storage magazines.  This brings the six day operations total to roughly 2.2 million pounds dealt with (of the original 6 million pounds).  

Operations resumed again this morning, and will stop at Noon, then are scheduled to resume again on Monday, December 10, 2012.  

The evacuation order for the area surrounding Camp Minden will be lifted at noon today (Friday), December 7, 2012.  Restrictions for parts of Camp Minden will remain in effect until the operation is concluded.  

Reminder:  With the recently updated estimated total of six million pounds of propellant believed to be incorrectly stored and given the small confines of tightly packed corridors personnel are contending with, the evacuation order remains in effect and will remain in effect until noon today (Friday).  

The Louisiana State Police, Webster Parish Sheriff's Office and Doyline Police Department would like to remind residents that the area has not been deemed safe as of yet and would continue to urge residents to remain outside the evacuated area.

For those who must return, it is recommended they do so after dark when the explosive product is not being handled.  This recommendation comes as the safety of all residents is the primary concern as this extraordinary task continues.

However, according to reports from Doyline, about 95% of the town's population has already returned. 

Additionally, as a precaution, the Webster Parish Clerk of Courts would like to remind residents that Saturday's polling location has been relocated from within the current evacuation area to Westlake Baptist Church.

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