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Field investigation begins at former Conway Bombing and Gunnery Range

(Source: AP Images) (Source: AP Images)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Workers will conduct field research at several locations on the former Conway Bombing and
Gunnery Range through early January 2016.

The field investigation will help the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers determine if more extensive investigation or other actions need to follow, according to a news release from the U.S. Army Corps Engineers.  

Some residents in Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, will see workers clearing paths through
parts of the area. The brush clearing is part of the continuing investigation into conditions at the former World War II
military range. 

As workers clear the pathways, others will begin a scan of the pathways using sophisticated detection devices to determine what may remain in the area from previous efforts to remove military munitions debris. 

Public law requires the Department of Defense to investigate all formerly used defense sites (FUDS) to ensure
human safety and to protect the environment. The Army Corps of Engineers has the responsibility to carry out the
investigations and any subsequent actions needed.

After completing the investigation, the Corps of Engineers will produce a report outlining its conclusions and
recommendations for future actions. 

Workers will only enter private property with written permission of the land owner. The Corps of Engineers held a
public workshop about the on-going investigation on March 17, 2015, where they explained the purpose of the
investigation and sought land owners’ cooperation.  

Former Conway Bombing Range is located southeast of SC Route 90, northwest of US Highway 17 and north of US
Highway 501. Only a portion of the former range is included in the current field investigation.

The Corps of Engineers reminds the public to treat any unusual objects found in the area under investigation as if
they are dangerous. The public should remember “the 3-Rs” of UXO: Recognize, Retreat, Report. 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. 

For more information call Ray Livermore, 910-251-4702. 

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