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Unexploded Ordnance Found At Fort Riley

KSAL Staff - June 21, 2014 9:40 am

Capt. David L. Robinson (center), 162nd EOD Co., 84th EOD Bn., 1st Sust. Bde., 1st Inf. Div., discusses the recovery and relocation of an unexploded ordnance unearthed June 20 near the intersection of Jackson Avenue and Hampton Place at Fort Riley with members of the post's Directorate of Emergency Services. The UXO was removed safely and without incident. (U.S. Army photo)

An unexploded ordnance was unearthed near the intersection of Jackson Avenue and Hampton Place on Custer Hill on Friday.

Since the ordnance could not be identified, Fort Riley officials took extra precaution and temporarily evacuated about 60 residences in the area. The ordnance was removed and transported to a safe location for proper disposal.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience while we secured the scene and removed the UXO,” Fort Riley officials said. “The Fort Riley community’s cooperation allowed our collective team to focus on their task to secure our Soldiers and families.”

Responding agencies included Fort Riley’s Directorate of Emergency Services, the 1st Infantry Division’s 84th Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Battalion and Corvias Military Living.

“The care and concern of the responding team, who worked collaboratively to ensure the safety and security of everyone in the area, is unmatched,” Fort Riley officials said. “They are the ones that make Fort Riley the best place in the Army to come home to.”

A gathering point for displaced families was temporarily established to accommodate those evacuated.

Story by: Eric Zenk / Fort Riley

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