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SOLDIERS COMB SCRAP YARD FOR LIVE AMMUNITION.



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Soldiers will search as much as 20 tons of spent shells - including small missiles and other ammunition - in order to make a scrap yard scrap yard ndepósito de chatarra;
(for cars) → cementerio de coches

scrap yard nparc m à ferrailles;
(
 safe. A worker was killed in an explosion at the yard this week.

The team of 20 soldiers will explode any shells that may be live. Soldiers on Thursday exploded one shell that was inert inert /in·ert/ (in-ert´) inactive.

in·ert
adj.
1. Sluggish in action or motion; lethargic.

2.
.

Since an unidentified worker was killed, soldiers have worked with detectives from the San Bernardino San Bernardino, city, United States
San Bernardino (săn bûr'nədē`nō), city (1990 pop. 164,164), seat of San Bernardino co., S Calif., at the foot of the San Bernardino Mts.; inc. 1854.
 County Sheriff's Department bomb and arson unit to assess a mountain of assorted shells collected at the yard.

``A whole lot by any standard,'' said Maj. Archie Davis, a Fort Irwin Army spokesman. Fort Irwin sent experts to investigate an explosion that killed the worker Tuesday at Dick's Parts near Fontana.

Although investigators hope to learn how live shells could reach civilian hands, it's doubtful they'll know where the shell that killed the man was.

The county coroner is seeking the victim's family Victim's Family was a hardcore punk band formed in 1984 in Santa Rosa, California by bassist Larry Boothroyd and guitarist and vocalist Ralph Spight. Drummer Devon VrMeer completed the trio.  members in Mexico.

The ammunition includes missiles, tank rounds and 155 mm artillery rounds - all of which are used by different branches of the service.

``I saw Navy ammunition, Air Force, Army and Marines,'' Davis said.

Once examination of the site is completed, a plan for deactivating any live ammunition will be formulated, Davis said.

``We've looked at the pile. We don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)

"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party.
 what's under the pile.''

Davis said a private contractor, Allied Technology Group, collects spent rounds from military bases. The shells are supposed to be certified as nonexplosive non·ex·plo·sive  
adj.
That will not explode: a nonexplosive fuel; nonexplosive gases.



non
 before they are distributed to scrap businesses.

Sgt. Glenn Holloway, a Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base spokesman, said spent ammunition is immediately picked up after drills. He said the Defense Reutilization Marketing Office at the base sends them out for recycling.

Officials said there is no indication that the shells at Dick's Parts were stolen, although a black market for stolen shells exists.

Davis said the military patrols Fort Irwin north of Barstow, but with more than 640,000 acres to cover, theft is possible.
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Date:Mar 22, 1997
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