CAMP LEJEUNE – Serious safety risks of unexploded ordnance has been identified in the New River area. Military officials are strongly advising locals to stay away from the area for their safety.
The Marine Corps announced that over 7,000 unexploded rockets and artillery shells are laying at the bottom of the New River, bordering Camp Lejeune’s K-2 Range, reported by TWC news.
Officials understand the impact on local businesses and say they are doing everything they can to keep business moving. They assure residents and businesses that they are not closing the area down, rather they are posting warning signs showing the potential danger of engaging in bottom disturbing activities.
A Spokesperson from Camp Lejeune, Nat Fahy said, “What we’re trying to do is mitigate that risk by warning people not to engage in bottom disturbing activities until we can do a more thorough assessment on what we have down there.”
Randy Millis, a manager from Mitchell Seafood is upset by the temporary request knowing how important river access is. “We just got a little heads up on what they were going to do. The people depend on that area, we depend on all the area so every little piece of the area that they take away from us is just one piece of area that we don’t have to work,” said Millis.
Clearly, the limitation will cause inconvenience and upset in the Sneads Ferry area where Millis works but, Camp Lejeune and community members are cooperating and in an open dialogue to come to a solution that maintains safety and allows people to live as comfortably as possible given the situation.
The public is invited to weigh in at a public meeting held January 27th at 5 p.m. at the Sneads Ferry Community.
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