Corps of Engineers to search for old ordnance near SC coast

CONWAY, S.C. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants to check 6,000 acres of private property on the site of an old bombing range near Myrtle Beach for unexploded ordnance.

Area media outlets report the agency has sent letters to 600 property owners in the area of the old Conway Bombing and Gunnery Range used during World War II.

There was an initial investigation in 2012 and now the Corps will be checking a larger area.

Billy Birdwell with the Corps’ Savannah District said once the agency receives permission from property owners, areas will be checked with sophisticated metal detectors.

If what is found is not thought to be dangerous, it will simply be documented. Other items may have to be removed.