Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Napalm Disposal Is Planned Fiery Weapon in Vietnam to Be Fuel for High-Temperature Kilns

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Napalm Disposal Is Planned Fiery Weapon in Vietnam to Be Fuel for High-Temperature Kilns

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One of the most horrifying images from the Vietnam War is the picture of a naked and burned 9-year-old girl running down the road in terror after her village had been accidentally bombed with napalm.

Twenty years after the war's end, plans are being made to dispose of the last vestiges of the U.S. government's supply.

More than 35,000 canisters filled with 23 million pounds of napalm are soon to be removed from the Fallbrook Naval Weapons Station, where they've sat in wooden crates on a rocky field for two decades.

Three past attempts to remove the napalm have failed for reasons ranging from lack of money to inter-agency and inter-governmental squabbling over regulations.

"This time we think we have a better handle on it," said Richard Williamson, spokesman for the Naval Ordnance Center in Seal Beach.

The Navy plans to pay a company to extract the napalm from the aluminum canisters and send it by rail across the country for use as fuel in high-temperature kilns at cement plants. …

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