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Crane Army Breaks Down White Phosphorus Into Fertilizer Components

Last updated on Thursday, February 8, 2018

(CRANE) - Crane Army Ammunition Activity employees remove explosives from retired 105 mm white phosphorus rounds.


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.



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.


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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