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Former WWII bombing range around Conway to be swept for munitions, debris

Map showing the area of the former Conway Bombing Range.  (Source: Army Corp. of Engineers Fact Sheet) Map showing the area of the former Conway Bombing Range. (Source: Army Corp. of Engineers Fact Sheet)
(Source: Army Corp. of Engineers Fact Sheet) (Source: Army Corp. of Engineers Fact Sheet)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – The Army Corp. of Engineers is continuing its sweep of the former Conway Bombing and Gunnery Range to determine if any unexploded munitions or other debris from the World War 2 military range remain.

The field investigation will continue through January 2016, and will be conducted on a portion of the range located southeast of SC Route 90, northwest of Highway 17, and north of Highway 501, according to a news release from Corps.

Residents in the area will see workers clearing paths through the area, and then other workers will use sophisticated detection devise to determine if any military munitions remain from when the area was used as a bombing range during WWII.

“In the highly unlikely event workers discover unexploded ordnance (UXO) at the former Conway Bombing Range, they will take immediate actions to ensure public safety by removing or destroying it,” the release states.

Workers will not enter private property without written permission from the landowner.

The Corps says the public should treat any unusual objects found in the area as dangerous, and should remember the three “Rs” of unexploded ordinances: “Recognize the object as possibly being dangerous. Retreat from the area but mark or remember the location. Report the object and its location to local authorities immediately.”

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