FAST FIVE: Bombs In Paradise: How Hawaii Is Fast Becoming The Most Militarized Place On Earth
Equally important is whether the pre-positioning of such massive amounts of live warheads and munitions is in the interest and safety of the American public.
Marine Corps Base at Kaneohe, Hawaii In a 164 page report written by the Department of the Navy for the Army, titled :Finding Of No Significant Impact (FONSI) For The US Army West Loch Ordnance Facilities At Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickman (JBPHH), Oahu, Hawaii,” the Navy states this project will include 27 new box type “D” magazines, eight modular storage magazines, administrative and operational facilities, accessory roads and concrete pads, utility service and distribution, site drainage, security features, and fire lines.
Homes, businesses, parks and schools all would be in the blast zone, or the “explosion arc.” Additionally, an accidental blast there could ignite even greater blasts at Pearl Harbor facilities and Hickam Field, a chain reaction of deadly explosions the Navy refers to as “sympathetic explosions.” The 1969 USS Enterprise fire near Pearl Harbor began when a Zuni rocket accidentally detonated under a plane's wing and ignited additional munitions, blowing holes in the flight deck which allowed jet fuel to ignite the ship.
Especially noteworthy about this new weapons facility is the shortened safety distance between the bomb storage buildings and the residential population, less than a half mile from the new Ewa Gentry North Park housing development.
The recent accidental explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, though not of military munitions, left a blast zone of 6.2 miles.