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Crane Army Breaks Down White Phosphorus Into Fertilizer Components
Updated February 11, 2018 2:40 PM
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(CRANE) - Crane Army Ammunition Activity employees remove explosives from retired 105 mm white phosphorus rounds.

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The nut holding each explosive burster in place is drilled out of the round, allowing the burster to be destroyed separately from the white phosphorus material.

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The white phosphorus is then chemically converted to phosphoric acid via an environmentally-friendly process here at Crane Army before being sold for use in agricultural fertilizer.

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Crane Army Ammunition Activity provides conventional munitions support for U.S. Army and Joint Force readiness, including production, demilitarization, transportation and storage.

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