WWI Chemical Weapons Testing Site Continues to Yield Materiel

January 2008
Military History;Jan/Feb2008, Vol. 24 Issue 10, p12
The article reports that in 1992, workers digging in the Spring Valley neighborhood of northwest Washington, D.C., shattered a buried glass vial, releasing a cloud of caustic fumes that sent them to the emergency room. Laboratory tests pointed to a nonhazardous herbicide in the soil. Work resumed. Months later, within a mile of the first site, a backhoe operator unearthed live artillery and mortar rounds dating from World War I. The find exposed a secret stretching back to the dawn of modern chemical warfare.


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