UPDATE: Redstone Arsenal Gate 7 open for traffic

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REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) - Gate 7 on Redstone Arsenal is open again for drivers.  It reopened at 5:45 p.m. Thursday.

It was closed Thursday morning, just after 8 a.m. when more unexploded ordnance was found near the intersection of Anderson and Martin Roads, off Zierdt Road.  Explosive ordnance professionals from Fort Campbell, Kentucky safely disposed of it Thursday afternoon.

Redstone Arsenal officials believe it was a 155 mm. artillery shell, discovered by road construction workers.  Arsenal leaders say the gate closure after its discovery was their duty to protect the workforce.

No one was injured during the process.

"We act with an abundance of caution whenever this happens as the safety of our workforce is our number one priority," said Colonel Bill Marks, Garrison Commander. "As we move forward with the Martin Road expansion project, it's possible that we'll find more of these items because of Redstone Arsenal's history as a munitions manufacturing and testing installation."

Gate 7 was closed last week for a day for another situation with unexploded ordnance being found.  Its closure caused major backups at other gates, especially Gate 9.  Arsenal drivers were affected, but so were many other commuters, including people headed to nearby schools.


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