That blaze was at least the fifth major training accident in nine years at Warren Grove.
Practice bombs started two major fires in 1999 and 2001. The dummy bombs -- known as DBUs -- contained no explosives but smoke flares, which sparked fires.
The first, dropped by a Pennsylvania Air Guard A-10, missed its target by more than a mile and burned more than 11,000 acres. The second, dropped by a New Jersey Air Guard F-16, missed its tar get by 100 yards and started a fire that burned 1,600 acres.
Less than a year later, a pilot lost control of an F-16 during maneuvers over the range. Although the pilot ejected safely, the $25 million aircraft crashed close enough to the Garden State Parkway to spread debris across the road.
The school strafing in Little Egg Harbor Township occurred in 2004.
Indeed German, you are right on target.In addition to the predicted calls for closure of the bombing range (we don't all agree on that, which is fine), I wonder how long it will take the political types to make the perennial demand that a new north/south road be built to relieve the traffic nightmare created by incidents such as this. Never mind the fact that the only land available to build such a road would likely be closed in the event of a major fire as well. We wouldn't want logic like that to get in the way of a perfectly good escape route that can also serve as a draw for all sorts of commercial and residential tax ratables. Kinda brings to mind the lacey rail trail.
Watched Corzine's thoughts and inclinations on this last night. This might not be a popular statement among supporters but I am inclined to agree with his considerations of a shutdown of the facility.
http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/104-05222007-1351011.htmlWatched Corzine's thoughts and inclinations on this last night. This might not be a popular statement among supporters but I am inclined to agree with his considerations of a shutdown of the facility.
What happened is somewhat of a necessity to balance an unique Ecosystem like the Pine Barrens but the manner in which it happened... no.