In this photo released Tuesday by the Louisiana State Police shows piles of explosive powder stored at the Camp Minden industrial site that officials say were improperly housed by a company. State police and Webster Parish sheriff's deputies were working to secure hundreds of thousands of pounds of the explosive powder. (Associated Press)
Last Modified: Thursday, November 29, 2012 11:27 AM
DOYLINE (AP) — Residents of the northwest Louisiana town of Doyline are being encouraged to plan to leave home Friday night and stay away throughout the weekend.
The Times of Shreveport reported that authorities will be moving 1 million pounds of an explosive powder from Explo Systems Inc., a munitions dismantling company at Camp Minden.
Authorities say the powder, an explosive propellant used in military ammunitions, is not an imminent threat, but should have been housed in a bunker approved by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It also should have been registered with the Louisiana State Police explosives division.
State police investigators found the explosives during an inspection of property leased by Explo Systems, where an above-ground magazine storage facility exploded last month.
The process to move the powder will begin around 6 a.m., Saturday.
Sections of Louisiana Highways 163 and 164 will be closed while the explosives are moved. The Times reports that Doyline High School will be closed on Monday.
As of Thursday evening, Webster Sheriff Gary Sexton said there were no plans to evacuate Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.