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Sitting on a piece of history: Parts of Horry County used to be bombing, gunnery range

Conway Bombing and Gunnery Range (Graphic: Army Corp of Engineers)

During World War II, more than 56,000 acres of Horry County were used to serve as a bombing and gun range for the US Army.

Decades later, there could still be some unexploded ordnance out there.

The Army Corp of Engineers released a new report this summer detailing the hot spots, who is at risk and how they are educating the public.

A spokesperson for the Army Corp of Engineers said it's nothing for people to be too concerned with, but it is good to be aware. If you were to find something, you should back away and call authorities.

Many communities are also receiving letters in the mail to make them aware.

In February, a bomb was found in Carolina Forest, and it was determined to be from the World War II era.

Related: Carolina Forest bomb sheds light on possibility of others

Some housing developments, like The Farm in Carolina Forest, actually make home owners sign a paper about the range when they move in.

"There was a form that was in all of the paperwork that we had to sign. It just had to do letting us know this was a bombing test range World War II and when we first moved in we could hear them setting the bombs off, still going on back then," said Joseph Verra, who has lived in the neighborhood for 13 years.

Most people who knew about the situation, said they weren't too concerned.

“Since I’m not digging and the only thing I’m doing is mowing the lawn, I’m not really worried about anything," Verra.

But, other Carolina Forest residents, who hadn't heard about the possibility of unexploded ordinances, were more weary.

“Kind of makes me concerned that there is something in the ground," said Leo Paul, who lives off Garner Lacy in Carolina Forest.

You can view the full report from the Army Corps of Engineers by clicking here.




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