Doyline residents encouraged to evacuate Friday

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.