Munitions debris removal scheduled at North Carolina's Wood Island bomb target site

Debris will be processed at the Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue in North Carolina, and nonhazardous metals will be recycled.

February 8, 2017
CDR Staff
Munitions debris removal will start on Wood Island in the Bogue Sound in North Carolina on Feb. 21, a report by the Havelock News says. Contractors based in Cherry Point, North Carolina, will remove the debris from the former bomb target.

According to the report, the island is the site of Bomb Target 2 and was used to train military pilots in the 1940s and 1950s, the report says. Target practice ceased on the island in 1955 and there are no plans to put it to use.

The U.S. Navy cleaned up 3,885 pounds of inter munitions debris in 2010. In 2014, another 4,600 pounds of debris was removed and an in-place destruction of a 100-pound, high-explosive bomb took place, according to the report. Other efforts include removals in 1957, 1963 and 2007. The current project is scheduled to take three weeks.

The current project is aiming for debris that may have surfaced or washed onto the island since its latest clean up in 2014, the report says. Safe materials will be transported to the Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue for processing and nonhazardous metals will be shipped to a nearby recycling facility.

If munition is found that cannot be removed safely from the island, it will be destroyed on-site in a controlled detonation, the report says. Public access within a 1,833-foot radius around the island will be restricted for safety.

The island will be inspected in three years or after a named tropical storm to determine if more cleanup is necessary.