More problems for Explo

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 8:39am

Explo and Camp Minden have been household worse never since October 2012, when a blast from one of the company's bunkers woke much of the Ark-La-Tex. That blast was just the beginning of Explo's problems.

In late November, Louisiana State Police were doing a follow up investigation and stumbled across millions of pounds of illegally stored explosives.

That illegal and dangerous activity sparked a week long evacuation for residents of Doyline, and a criminal investigation into Explo by LSP.

Those actions aren't the only reason Explo is being investigated. In 2010, based on a proposal from Explo, the Army's Joint Munitions Command entered into a contract with Explo worth about 2.9 million dollars. According to the contract, Explo was to demilitarize up to 450 thousand propelling charges a year, with a four year option.

Storage of the explosives was not the reason that Explo was picked for the contract, as they were expected to sell the product. But even so, it seems that Explo allegedly made their storage options more extensive than they actually were.

In the proposal, Explo states that between facilities in Louisiana and Kentucky, they had room to store over 70 million pounds of propellant. However, the Department of Natural Resources in Kentucky says otherwise, stating that neither Explo or Kentucky Powder, Inc., the company Explo said they would be working with had or has a permit to purchase, which is required to store the product in Kentucky.

Even with those possible storage problems, it wasn't until LSP came to investigate at Camp Minden that the Army heard about any possible problem and was asked to stop deliveries to Explo. Those deliveries are still suspended.

We will continue to keep you updated as this story develops.

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