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Exhaust flames erupt from a shallow rocket-disposal well during a static-fire range operation at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Nov. 14, 2018. The well, essentially a partially buried steel pipe, allows for safe ignition of rocket propellant during the decommission of a small rocket. In total, six rocket engines were used during the Explosive Ordnance Disposal annual training exercise. During the training, EOD technicians removed explosives from the rockets, allowing them to be used safely in future demonstrations. In addition to the annual training, the Marines also conduct live-fire and static-fire range operations on a bi-weekly to monthly basis. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andrew King)

Photo by Lance Cpl. Andrew King

Cherry Point EOD conducts annual training during a live-fire range demonstration

19 Nov 2018 | Lance Cpl. Andrew King Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

What do you get when you mix six rockets with 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians and four other Marines?

You get five successful ignitions and a misfire. Don’t worry about the misfire though, the EOD technicians brought some C4 to take care of that.

Marines assigned to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Explosive Ordnance Disposal conducted a static-fire range operation aboard the air station, Nov. 14, 2018, as part of their annual training. The rockets were fired underground to remove the explosive charge, allowing for safe use in future EOD demonstrations.

In addition to the annual training, the Marines also conduct live-fire and static-fire range operations on a bi-weekly to monthly basis.


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