Man killed trespassing at Ft. Bragg

November 2, 2009 5:14:30 PM PST
A trip to scavenge metal at Fort Bragg proved deadly for a Hamlett, N.C. man.The Army says two men drove their pickup truck into the area of Observation Point 5 - an impact zone for live fire exercises - and were walking around when one stepped on an unexploded round just after noon Friday.

It blew up, killing 47-year-old Ronnie Blue.

His companion was not hurt and went to get help.

"He indicated that he took the vehicle ... left ... after he heard an explosion and saw smoke ... saw the person he was with laying on the ground appeared to be dead at that point," explained Range Control Officer Bill Edwards.

The men were civilians and not Department of the Army employees.

Officials say the area is literally packed with tons of unexploded ordnance.

"200 pound bombs. We drop munitions from aircraft here," offered Edwards.

Fort Bragg officials say they would like to remind individuals that impact zones are off limits due to safety concerns and are clearly marked. Additionally, all ordnance should be considered live. If found, anything that looks suspicious; individuals should leave the area and report it to law enforcement agencies.

"We have no way of really controlling keeping people out of Fort Bragg other than the fact that you're trespassing when you enter Fort Bragg. The signs to my left are to indicate that this is high explosive impact area and you're not to enter for any reason," said Edwards.

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