Plumsted, NJ 08533
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Quick Summary: Site had a nuclear armed missile go up in flames, leak radioactive material everywhere, was closed down.... Last I heard (in 2004) was that it was gonna be completely destroyed and dug up to be rebuilt as a non-military location.
While its not much of a `haunting` or `strange` it was definatly an awsome field trip! Theres just something about taking a piss on a device that once held a nuclear missile capable of leveling a small city.
Inside the silo that held the nike that leaked, I found a plant that was growing all screwed up. It was kinda like a thorn bush but not, growing in wierd angles n such. I took it home with me, and after about 4 months of it `growing fine` it turned black and wiltered up, despite my best at trying to `care for it` it wouldn`t come back to life.
Also on the path to BOMARC (if you take the rear woods entrance) you drive through a field, theres been tons of reports of people seeing large creatures here, but no pictures or evidence.
Nuke-missile mess cleaned up
Tri-Town News (NJ)
August 26, 2004
PLUMSTED ? Plutonium-contaminated soil is now safely off the premises of
Sixty-five shipments of the contam-inated material were transported
without a single incident, according to a press release.
And the signs posted around Navy Lakehurst designating the route for
safe transport of the contaminated soil from the Boeing Michigan
Aeronautical Research Center (BOMARC), originating at Fort Dix in
Plumsted, are slated to be taken down.
The successful completion of a cleanup effort solved an environmental
problem that has been in existence for more than four decades.
"We helped rid New Jersey of a hazard without putting the local
population at risk," Capt. Mark Bathrick, Navy Lakehurst commanding
officer, said in a press release. "We kept it off the public roads
because the bases (Dix, Lakehurst, McGuire) are all connected across a
single 42,000-acre parcel. With the success of this mission, we have
again proven our ability to cooperate with each other and with our
community neighbors to undertake complex projects and see them through
to a satisfactory conclusion."
The Boeing Michigan Aeronautical Research Center (BOMARC) site occupies approximately 218 acres within the Range and Impact Area of the U.S. Army`s Fort Dix Installation. The site was operated by and continues to fall under the jurisdiction of McGuire Air Force Base (McGuire AFB), which is located 11 miles west of the BOMARC site. McGuire AFB was authorized to use the land for construction of an anti-aircraft missile facility in 1958. Rows of missile shelters were constructed during the late 1950s and early 1960s to house BOMARC`s nuclear warhead-equipped missiles. Key operations at BOMARC included missile fueling and defueling, missile maintenance, and power production operations. The BOMARC site is a secure site surrounded by locked chain fences, and signs are posted along the perimeter of the site prohibiting trespassing. The site is no longer used and no definitive plans for future use of the site have been announced.
On June 7, 1960, a non-nuclear explosion and fire occurred in BOMARC Missile Shelter 204. The fire burned uncontrolled for about 30 minutes. The force of the explosion destroyed the missile, its plutonium-containing warhead, and portions of the shelter roof: flames rose to 20 feet and black smoke blanketed the area. Fire fighting crews responded to contain the fire from the explosion. Following the accident, monitoring and decontamination activities were initiated. Response teams washed and spray-painted the shelter in an attempt to immobilize the contamination. The missile wreckage and the launcher from Shelter 204 were apparently removed and disposed of off site. The pit inside the shelter was filled with soil excavated from the rear of the shelter and the pit was subsequently sealed with concrete. To further immobilize the radiologic contamination outside the shelter, reinforced concrete was poured over the asphalt apron in front of Shelter 204 and 2 inches of asphalt also were placed along the bottom of the drainage ditch that leads from the shelter. A 6-foot chain link fence topped with barbed wire was installed around the site to restrict access (OHM 1998). The facility was deactivated in 1972 and all missiles were removed from the shelters. The BOMARC site remains within the domain of the Air Force (USAF 1992).
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