Utah Guard, deputies search for munitions near St. George

Utah Guard, deputies search for munitions near St. George

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Sheriff's deputies and the Utah National Guard are resuming the search for old munitions at a site in the southwest corner of the state that was used as an ordnance training range a half-century ago.

The (St. George) Spectrum reports a private environmental restoration firm, Weston Solutions, is coordinating Monday's search.

Washington County Sheriff's Sgt. Nate Abbott says no evacuations are planned in the area north of St. George near Winchester Hills.

He says if any public safety concerns arise, they will develop a response plan in coordination with the local community.

Worries about the potential threat of munitions date to 2007 when a man found a 3.5-inch-long bazooka round.

Last summer, another 3.5-inch practice rocket was found on a hillside near a water storage tank for the Winchester Hills Water Company.

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