USAF security forces who guard US nuclear missiles lose explosives, ask public for help

A U.S. Air Force Security Forces Airman fires an MK-19 grenade launcher during a weapons qualification training at Camp Rodriguez, Republic of Korea, May 24, 2017.

The Air Force and local authorities in northwestern, North Dakota have not been able to find explosives that were lost on May 4.

Roughly 100 airmen walked the six-mile route where the ammunition is suspected to have been lost several times on Friday and did not find the grenades.

Mountrail County Sheriff Ken Halverson says a belt of ammunition for an automatic grenade launcher was are contained in a green metal ammo and lost near Parshall.

Halvorson says the explosives are dangerous but specific to the Air Force launcher and will not operate in any other device without “catastrophic failure,” according to the Associated Press.

The Mk-19 grenade launcher ammo was dropped from a Humvee by the 91st Missile Wing Security Forces team from the Minot Air Force Base l while traveling between missile sites in Mountrail County, according to a news release the Air Force issued late Friday.

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of the munitions.  The 91st Missile Wing oversees 150 Minuteman III missiles and launch facilities in central and western North Dakota.

The Mountrail County Sheriff’s Department encourages anyone with information to contact them.

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