It seems like we’re not getting the whole story.
That’s how a man who lives along a road where the Air Force says it lost a 42-pound container of explosives describes the situation.
The Air Force put out a press release about the missing ordnance Friday night – ten days after the ammunitions were lost, and only after the local sheriff had alerted the media.
Jim Olson reports that a local resident is skeptical about what happened.
This is the stretch of road in Mountrail County where the Air Force reports losing the munitions back on May First. David Debertin lives along this road and he says he doesn’t understand how that’s possible.
(David Debertin, Mountrail County Resident) “It almost would have to have landed in the middle of the roadway because it’s not going to blow around with the wind. It doesn’t have wheels so it couldn’t go over into the ditch.”
Along with questions, Debertin has concerns as well. He’s worried about people who might be mowing or otherwise working these ditches in the coming months with some loose explosives out there.
“If that thing should get stuck under a mower and get hit by the mower blade I can’t imagine what might happen.”
He’s also concerned about how long it’s taken for news of the missing explosives to be released to the public. The Air Force reports the incident happened May First – but the local sheriff wasn’t notified until the 4th. And the sheriff put out a press release, citing concerns for the public safety, one week later on the 11th.
“There’s more to this story than we’re aware of right now.”
And so two weeks after the package of explosives was lost, the mystery continues. Exactly where is it? We’re all waiting to find out the answer to that question. Near Parshall, Jim Olson, KX news.
Air Force officials are offering a five thousand dollar reward for information leading to the recovery of the missing explosives.
But they stress if you find the container, you should not touch it but rather call your local law enforcement agency right away.