facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Canada home to potential 800 World War II-era bomb sites

Aug. 12, 2013 at 3:51 PM   |   Comments

TORONTO, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Canadian military officials say there may be explosives buried on up to 800 World War II-era manufacturing and training sites across the country.

Canada's Defense Ministry said the vast majority of the sites have not been inspected and are "suspected" of having leftover explosives only because historical records or first-hand accounts given to the department suggest the possibility, the Toronto Star reported Monday.

Jon Preston, operations manager of the Defense Ministry's Unexploded Explosive Ordnance and Legacy Site program, said his office is charged with investigating where explosives were manufactured during World War II and where they might have been buried.

The ministry said 15 people have been killed and 20 injured since 1927 by explosives buried in the ground.

The issue is coming to the forefront now because many of the bomb ranges and manufacturing sites that were once stationed in remote areas are now being developed as the nation's population increases.

The Canadian government has spent $70 million since 2005, when the ordnance unit was established, seeking to identify and clear suspected sites, the Star reported.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
The UN has released its list of leaders attending climate summit The UN has released its list of leaders attending climate summit
2
Hurricane Odile now a dangerous category 4 storm Hurricane Odile now a dangerous category 4 storm
3
Navy halts search for missing jet pilot after crash Navy halts search for missing jet pilot after crash
4
Mary Landrieu spent $33K of taxpayers' money on campaign travel Mary Landrieu spent $33K of taxpayers' money on campaign travel
5
Bernie Sanders says he may run for president in 2016 Bernie Sanders says he may run for president in 2016
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback