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Updated: Explosion At W.Va. Munitions Storage Site

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Point Pleasant, W.Va. (AP) -- A federal agent believes gunpowder caused an explosion that ripped through a Mason County underground bunker early this morning.

Paul Cross with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says a businessman was storing different types of gunpowder for resale in the bunker.

Over time and with heat, cross says gunpowder can be deteriorate and become unstable.

The explosion was reported at 1:13 a.m. today in the McClintic Wildlife Management area just north of Point Pleasant.

No injuries were reported.

The Division of Natural Resources owns several concrete bunkers that were used to store explosives during World War II. DNR spokesman Hoy Murphy says the bunkers are leased out to businesses for storage.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
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Point Pleasant, W.Va. (AP) -- A state Division of Natural Resources spokesman says an explosion has ripped through a Mason County underground storage facility.

The DNR's wildlife office reported the explosion at 1:13 a.m. Monday in the McClintic Wildlife Management Area just north of Point Pleasant.

Mason County emergency officials say no injuries have been reported.

DNR spokesman Hoy Murphy says the division owns several concrete bunkers that are covered with earth and grass.

He says the bunkers were used for storing explosives during World War II but it's not immediately known what their current contents are.

The explosion is under investigation by the state Fire Marshal's office and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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