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Suspected live fuse found in Weteye bomb

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DESERET CHEMICAL DEPOT, Tooele County — A suspected live fuse was found in a Weteye nerve agent bomb that was supposed to be inert, according to a depot spokesman.

Weteye bombs are filled with GB nerve agent. The depot houses 888 of the bombs, each holding about 347 pounds of the nerve agent, also called sarin. They are scheduled to be destroyed by the Army's $1 billion chemical weapons incinerator.

The fuse was discovered during inspection procedures, said depot spokesman Jon Pettebone. The Explosive Ordinance Department was called to remove the fuse, and it was taken to the post's explosive range and destroyed.

"There was no danger to the surrounding communities or the environment," Pettebone said.