Contact: Stephen Mikkelson, 218-316-3887
If you live in the Brainerd Lakes or Little Falls areas and hear explosions on Wednesday, don’t be alarmed. An Air Force Reserve Unit from the Twin Cities will be detonating some old munitions at Camp Ripley, located at 15000 Highway 115 in Little Falls.
The explosive items are components from old aircraft ejection seat systems, which were recovered or removed from former military aircraft and collected by members of an aircraft club. The items consist of the following:
- Aircraft fire extinguisher cartridges
- MB ejection seat primer sets
- TCU-1B thruster
- Mk 104 Mod impulse cartridges
- Drogue Gun impulse cartridges
- M119 Rocket Motors
The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms is in possession of these items now, and has requested support from the Air Force Reserve Unit in destructing them on a Department of Defense-owned range.
The items listed above are considered hazardous wastes because of their explosive characteristics, and therefore the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is issuing an emergency hazardous waste permit to the Air Force Reserve Unit and Camp Ripley. The permit allows them to detonate these items at the location listed above through Tuesday, August 4, though the unit expects to complete the work this week.
Contact MPCA staffer Sandra Johnson (651-757-2469) in St. Paul with any questions.