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House Built on World War I Weapons Pit Torn Down

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Demolition of a home built on a WWI weapons pit is underway. (credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

Demolition of a home built on a WWI weapons pit is underway. (credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The Army Corps of Engineers is demolishing a Washington home built on top of a weapons burial pit from World War I.

The government used the land in the Spring Valley neighborhood to conduct chemical weapons testing during that time.

When testing was completed, the munitions were buried underground, a standard practice for the government in that era.

The demolition of the 5,000 square-foot home, located on Glennbrook Road, is part of an ongoing cleanup and restoration effort to remove the dangerous materials from the neighborhood.

Engineers say they expect the area to be fully restored within five years.

WNEW’s Kevin Patrick contributed to this report. Follow WNEW on Twitter.

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