SAN DIEGO (AP) — A cleanup of a target range at the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego has yielded 78,000 pounds of lead and copper.
The North County Times says workers have been removing millions of spent bullets from a dirt slope behind the county Sheriff’s Department firing range. The work began in January and it’s a couple of weeks away from completion.
Deputy John Groff says all that metal is a safety hazard because it’s causing bullets to fragment or ricochet.
Authorities are cleaning up the top 3 feet of the slope, representing about five years of shooting.
The metal will be sold but Groff says the Sheriff’s Department probably will lose money on the cleanup operation.