Ala. Incinerator Burns Last of Its Chemical Weapons

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- The Army says it has incinerated the
last of tons of chemical weapons that were stored for decades at
the Anniston Army Depot in eastern Alabama.

Workers using remote machinery burned the final load of 72
shells filled with mustard gas on Thursday afternoon. The end came
more than eight years after the incinerator began burning chemical
weapons at the Anniston Army Depot.

Dirt-covered bunkers that once held tons of nerve agent and
mustard gas are now empty. Officials say no one was accidentally
exposed to chemical agent during the entire process.

Located about 50 miles east of Birmingham, the Anniston depot is
home to the nation's only chemical weapons incinerator located near
residential areas. Census figures show more than 360,000 people
live in the surrounding four counties.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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