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Barksdale officials destroy ordnance round as a precaution

Barksdale officials destroy ordnance round as a precaution

April 22nd, 2019 by Greg Bischof in Texarkana News

Barksdale Air Force Base's team carry a military ordnance round found from a Texarkana, Texas, yard. The round will be taken to a safe location to determine if it is a live round. If it is, it will be detonated.

Photo by Hunt Mercier /Texarkana Gazette.

The military ordnance round discovered Sunday on a lawn along the 3000 block of Magnolia Street has been safely destroyed.

Barksdale Air Force Base's explosive ordnance disposal team collected the round Monday morning and took it to a safe location north of Southwest Center. There, they put charges on the round and blew it up inside a mound of red dirt, an official said. The impact of the explosion left a three to four foot wide crater in the ground.  

The charge and device were blown into the ground instead of into the air for safety precautions.

The military ordnance had a date of 1908 to 1910 on it, officials said.

The round was destroyed regardless of its status as live or benign for safety purposes.

Submitted by Texarkana, Texas, Police Department

Submitted by Texarkana, Texas, Police Department

A  man found the military ordnance on Sunday while mowing.

Although the neighborhood was not evacuated overnight, police said the homeowner decided to leave his house until the situation is resolved.

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