Minden Press-Herald

Wednesday
Oct 01st

Doyline meeting to offer update

A town hall meeting Monday at 6 p.m. in Doyline may answer concerns regarding the town's recent evacuation.

After an October 15 Explo Systems Inc. bunker exploded, Louisiana State Police began an investigation. It led to more than six million pounds of M6, an explosive propellant, being found at Explo's lease on Camp Minden.

After the material was found, the nearby town of Doyline was evacuated, and Doyline School was closed for a week as the material was moved, repackaged and properly stored in bunkers at Camp Minden.

"I have received phone calls from constituents in the Doyline area asking for information," Representative Gene Reynolds said. "The best way to get the word out is to have a town meeting and let those in-charge give an update."

Louisiana State Trooper Matt Harris said the criminal investigation is still on going.

"As the investigation continues, Explo is working to move the remaining product out as soon as they find adequate space," he said. "Currently, the product that remains after available magazines are exhausted has been moved indoors, out of the elements."

Jennifer Reynolds, Region 7 Coordinator at the Governors Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), said they are continuing to work with local and state agencies involved.

"Our agency is continually supporting the local response efforts to this ongoing situation and assists in information sharing between the agencies and offices involved," Reynolds said. "(This is) an effort of prevention and preparedness for such incidents affecting public safety and concern."

In support of opportunities for the public to be heard, a representative from GOHSEP will be present at Monday's meeting.

 

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