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Explosions continue at Raleigh scrap metal yard

February 13, 2008 5:04:12 AM PST
Wednesday morning people in South Raleigh will begin hearing explosions again.

Fort Bragg bomb experts are blowing up military ammunition at Raleigh Metals Processors on Garner Road. The ammunition was discovered Tuesday afternoon.

Two men were injured Tuesday when some kind of military ammunition exploded as it was being compacted for recycling.

Raleigh Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said Isai Bravo Santiago and Adrian Bravo were transported to WakeMed with non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigators asked a munitions expert from Fort Bragg to come to the site to help determine the nature of the material.

The explosion at Raleigh Metals Processors, is a company that recycles a variety of metals, from individuals as well as the military and private companies according to owner Greg Brown.

Brown said the explosion occurred in an open, two-wall enclosure on the 18-acre site south of downtown.

Residents at a nearby apartment complex were evacuated because pieces of an additional unexploded ordinance were discovered. Shugrue said residents can expect to return to their apartments after all of the pieces of the ordnance are destroyed. It is not known how long that will be.

Detonations are set to resume Wednesday around 9 a.m.

Garner Road will remain closed to through traffic between Rush Street on the south and Newcombe Road on the north until further notice.


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