Civilian Killed In Fort Bragg Explosion

Officials say a civilian killed in an explosion at a North Carolina Army post was scavenging for scrap metal when he stepped on a round and it exploded.

Fort Bragg officials identified the man killed Friday as 47-year-old Ronnie Blue of Hamlet. They said Monday that another man at the scene was not injured in the explosion, which occurred in the area that overlooks the range where soldiers practice firing artillery, tank shells and smaller weapons.

The post said the men were not Department of the Army employees.

Fort Bragg law enforcement officials are investigating the explosion, which occurred at Observation Point 5.

The post is home to the Army's 82nd Airborne Division and Special Operations Command.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Chris Location: greenville on Nov 2, 2009 at 10:02 PM
    OK, how does a civilian get to any place where live ordinance are? And does the army allow searching for scrap metal near firing ranges and proving grounds?

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