Coast Guard Assists EPA at Ammunition Explosion Site

Two members of the Coast Guard’s National Strike Force are assisting the Environmental Protection Agency with clean-up operations at the site of an ammunition explosion that occurred May 31, 2009 in Reseda, Calif.

The explosion occurred at an ammunition reloading business in a residential area. No injuries were reported.

Due to the presence of various hazardous materials, the EPA’s on-scene coordinator determined that the site met federal requirements for removal action. The EPA often requests the NSF for their unique skill set and capabilities.

One member of the Novato, Calif., based Pacific Strike Team and a member from the Mobile, Ala., based Gulf Strike Team are providing health and safety oversight during clean-up operations. The two members will work with contractors as well as the EPA during the disposal of hazardous materials and reactive waste.

The cause of the explosion is under investigation.

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