NYC congressman requests ammo removal timeline

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Posted: Jul 01, 2011 12:17 PM
NYC congressman requests ammo removal timeline

A New York congressman wants the federal government to set a timeline for removing a cache of unexploded ammunition found beneath New York City's Verrazano-Narrows Bridge last year.

The State Island Advance reports that Rep. Michael Grimm made the request in a letter to incoming Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

The Coast Guard erected a safe zone around the area in January, but Grimm said he wants a firm timeline for the removal.

The Advance says the safe zone was tightened Thursday, restricting boaters and divers to 70 yards from the base of the bridge until the munitions are removed.

The material was discovered by a commercial diver last October who believes it came from a 1954 barge accident.

The bridge connects Brooklyn to Staten Island. It opened in 1964.


Information from: Staten Island Advance,