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By Madison Park | March 6, 2008
A three-alarm fire that started in a materials research laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground yesterday was extinguished within 20 minutes, authorities said. There were no injuries. APG firefighters were notified of the fire at the Rodman Building, where the research is conducted, at 3:50 p.m., said George Mercer, APG spokesman. The fire started in a laboratory and went up to the ceiling and the roof, Mercer said. "With the wind what it is, they were concerned that it not get out of hand," Mercer said.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2011
An Edgewood woman reported on the Aberdeen Proving Ground Facebook page Tuesday hearing three loud blasts, and another woman who lives in Delaware said she felt three loud explosions. They were among several people who complained about blasts from planned detonations at the Harford County military testing base that rocked the area about 6 p.m. Proving ground spokesman George Mercer said he was still trying to calm fears and explain the tests two hours afterward, though the explosions were held in "a remote part of APG. " He said the military installation can cause noise a variety of ways, including firing guns testing armor and detonating charges, but officials usually try to notify residents ahead of time.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2011
An Edgewood woman reported on the Aberdeen Proving Ground Facebook page Tuesday hearing three loud blasts, and another woman who lives in Delaware said she felt three loud explosions. They were among several people who complained about blasts from planned detonations at the Harford County military testing base that rocked the area about 6 p.m. Proving ground spokesman George Mercer said he was still trying to calm fears and explain the tests two hours afterward, though the explosions were held in "a remote part of APG. " He said the military installation can cause noise a variety of ways, including firing guns testing armor and detonating charges, but officials usually try to notify residents ahead of time.
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By Madison Park | March 6, 2008
A three-alarm fire that started in a materials research laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground yesterday was extinguished within 20 minutes, authorities said. There were no injuries. APG firefighters were notified of the fire at the Rodman Building, where the research is conducted, at 3:50 p.m., said George Mercer, APG spokesman. The fire started in a laboratory and went up to the ceiling and the roof, Mercer said. "With the wind what it is, they were concerned that it not get out of hand," Mercer said.
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September 14, 2003
Aberdeen Proving Ground's Test Center will hold a training exercise from Tuesday through Thursday. Daytime and nighttime exercises are planned. Activities may include weapons firing and use of watercraft, according to spokesman George Mercer. Information: 410-278-1147.
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March 15, 1991
Two men were killed today in an explosion at Aberdeen Proving Ground while they were loading propellant into a 105mm artillery round, a spokesman said.The explosion took place about 11 a.m. at one of the Harford County base's ammunition-assembly plants, according to George Mercer, APG spokesman. Other workers were evacuated after the explosion.The names of the dead were being withheld, pending notification of their families.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | January 13, 2005
An explosion heard Tuesday night in parts of Baltimore, Harford, Kent and Cecil counties - prompting dozens of calls to local police departments - came from the military's detonation of a charge at Aberdeen Proving Ground. The explosion proved "louder than we expected," said George Mercer, a spokesman for the military installation. The 7:45 p.m. explosion in Harford County was heard as far away as Chestertown. The noise prompted 911 calls, as well as calls to APG. Mercer said that several callers asked to be connected to APG's claims office, but he did not know whether any damage was reported.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | July 25, 1998
Officials at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County have scrapped plans to build a 350-foot communications tower after community residents in a Churchville neighborhood objected.George Mercer, public affairs specialist for APG, said concerns raised at a public meeting June 3 persuaded the Army to drop plans to build the tower, which would have transmitted information from a test track for military vehicles to military offices in nearby Aberdeen.Mercer said about 60 residents attended the June meeting, at which "a number of residents made it clear they were not in favor of [the tower]
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June 17, 2003
A joint training exercise tomorrow that will test emergency response at Aberdeen Proving Ground could cause traffic delays, APG officials warned. The exercise will involve several commands on the base to evaluate how they coordinate responses to emergency situations. Although APG has previously conducted exercises to test individual commands, the joint format is relatively new, said spokesman George Mercer. "We invest an awful lot of time and energy and money in making sure that we can respond if something does go wrong," Mercer said.
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January 23, 2003
ABERDEEN -- A second test of a Harford County well has confirmed the presence of a hazardous chemical in the well field, Aberdeen Proving Ground officials said yesterday. The test found a level of 0.3 parts per billion of perchlorate in production well No. 9, which is on APG's western boundary in Perryman, said George Mercer, APG spokesman. No perchlorate has been found in the drinking water, county officials said this week. Mercer said the perchlorate test was done because of the discovery of the chemical, a component in rocket fuel and incendiary munitions, in the city of Aberdeen's wells nearby.
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November 7, 2001
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND - Firefighters at Aberdeen Proving Ground were fighting a brush fire of more than 100 acres last night that began during scheduled ordnance testing, an installation official said. "It's a very large fire, and we're probably going to be fighting it tomorrow," said spokesman George Mercer. The blaze, which was reported at about 10 a.m. Monday, began on a firing range and dry conditions contributed to its spread, Mercer said. He added it is not near any of the installation's environmental cleanup sites, which include aging munitions piles and hazardous chemicals.
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May 15, 2005
ISSUE: The Pentagon has proposed a realignment of its bases. If the plan is adopted as written, Aberdeen Proving Ground will gain thousands of jobs. However, the base, the county's largest employer, would lose the well-known Ordnance Center and School that has been a big part of the community since World War I. That operation and its thousands of jobs would be sent to Fort Lee, Va. George Mercer, a spokesman for APG, said the Ordnance Center is the installation where the Army trains mechanical and maintenance soldiers to repair motors, tanks, trucks and other equipment.
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