Obsolete munitions to be detonated at Camp Ripley on Wednesday, Dec. 19

Contact: Walker Smith, 651-757-2738

If you live in the Little Falls area and hear explosions on Wednesday, don’t be alarmed. An Air Force Reserve Unit (AFR) from the Twin Cities will be detonating some old munitions at Camp Ripley, located at 15000 Highway 115 in Little Falls, Minn.

The munitions were confiscated as part of a criminal investigation and were being held in a safe location in Rosemount, Minn. Munitions include hand grenades, blasting caps, detonating cords and fuses.

Technically, the AFR needs a permit from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to dispose of the munitions in this fashion. They were granted one on Dec. 14.

Although the AFR intends to detonate all materials on Dec. 19, their permit allows them through Dec. 31 to complete the work.

Questions may be directed to Sandra Johnson of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Rd. N. in St. Paul, MN 55155.  She can be reached at 651-757-2469, or sandra.m.johnson@state.mn.us.