AP: License of La. explosives company suspended

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Associated Press

Posted on May 20, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Updated Monday, May 20 at 6:00 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Authorities have suspended the explosives licenses of a company accused of improperly storing millions of pounds of a military propellant in Louisiana.

Explo System was blamed for the evacuation of Doyline, La., last year after an explosion.

Louisiana State Police spokesman Julie Lewis says the company's state explosives licenses will remain in revocation pending civil and criminal investigations.

Explo Systems had a multimillion-dollar military contract to dismantle the propellant stockpile.

Millions of pounds of a propellant called M6 was discovered haphazardly stored. Some was in boxes outside at Camp Minden, a Louisiana National Guard base.

Lewis says more than 10 million pounds of the material has now been moved to proper storage magazines, sometimes called bunkers, and Explo relinquished its keys to the magazines.

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