Crews to search for, detonate munitions at Brunswick base

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BRUNSWICK — Crews will begin searching for undetonated munitions at Brunswick Naval Air Station on June 8, continuing through the first week of August.

Residents may hear explosions at the 3,200-acre facility, since crews are expected to detonate on site any ordnance discovered.

According to base officials, the crews will use small charges to destroy munitions.

The search will focus primarily on two areas: a former explosives disposal training area at the southeast portion of the base, near Route 24 and Mere Brook, and a former munitions bunker on the west side of the base bordering Route 123 near Mere Creek.

The munitions bunker is fairly close to several neighborhoods along Route 123.

The effort is part of the U.S. Navy’s departure from BNAS, which is scheduled to close May 2011.

Residents with questions or concerns should contact the base Environmental Office, 921-1717.