This week we have been researching an explosives factory in West Yorkshire. During World War One (WWI) the factory was responsible for filling and fuzing artillery shells.
The risk provided by such factories is not confined to Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) but may also relate to explosive, chemical and other contamination not typically encountered.
Zetica’s analysis of factory plans and record books confirmed that parts of the factory’s internal railway network, where explosives such as TNT and Cordite were offloaded, were located on the Site.
The potential for spillages of explosives to have occurred during these operations meant that there was a potentially significant source of contamination on the Site.
To address the potential hazard, an explosives contamination survey was recommended.