DISPOSAL BY OPEN BURNING WILL
a. One method of disposal is the process of
NOT BE UNDERTAKEN WHEN WIND
eliminating unwanted material/munition items from the
inventory by destruction.
VELOCITY EXCEEDS 15 MPH.
b. Disposal of certain munitions may be
accomplished by burning or detonation.
Open burning of munitions may
procedures for each disposal method are included in the
Specific procedures and additional
violate Federal, State, or Local
requirements are included in other chapters of this
Environmental Protection Agency
manual and in the specific Demilitarization Depot
(EPA) Regulations. Permission must
Maintenance Work Requirement (DMWR) for the item.
be obtained prior to start of burning
c. Disposal of munitions by burning or dumping in
wells, marshes, streams, inland waterways, landfills, or
pits is not authorized.
a. Disposal by burning may be accomplished on
d. Munitions with compatible characteristics and
the surface, in a pit, in a trench, or in a deactivation
similar disposal procedures may be disposed of in the
furnace in accordance with the following paragraphs.
same operation, if permitted by the applicable
Munitions to be burned will be examined carefully to
demilitarization DMWR. The DMWR index is identified
make certain that no removable detonators or blasting
in Chapter 7.
caps are included. All removable detonators, blasting
caps, etc., will be removed from munitions to be burned
8-2. BURNING ON THE SURFACE
to avoid unexpected detonation. Sites will not be left
unattended during burning, but will be observed from the
specified safety distance.
b. Surface burning is an expeditious method of
BURNING HIGH EXPLOSIVES WHEN
disposing of munitions such as, noninitiating high
INITIATORS OF ANY DESCRIPTION
explosives and solid propellants.
burning is accomplished, the area must be surveyed to
ARE INCLUDED WILL PROBABLY
assure that the ground is perfectly smooth, free of loose
RESULT IN A DETONATION. WHEN
material, without cracks or crevices, and is packed
BURNING EXPLOSIVES AND/OR
sufficiently to prevent explosive materials from
MUNITIONS, PROTECTION AGAINST
infiltrating during burning operations.
materials must also be considered on an individual basis
DETONATION MUST ALWAYS BE
as to the depth that it can be stacked or positioned in
MIXING OF VARIOUS
order to prevent an unwanted detonation. Usually bulk
TYPES OF BULK EXPLOSIVES WILL
explosives/propellants/pyrotechnic materials are spread
in a thin layer over a combustible bed in order to
facilitate a proper burning environment.
EXPLOSIVES CONTAIN THEIR OWN
burning operations will not be
OXIDIZER, BURNING EXPLOSIVES
CANNOT BE EXTINGUISHED BY
BURNING OF ICM'S WILL NOT BE
UNDERTAKEN AS THIS COULD
CAUSE SCATTERING OR EJECTION
EJECTED CARGO IS CONSIDERED
ARMED AND HAZARDOUS.