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Quail Run official in Apache Junction upset explosives may be stored nearby

Quail Run official in Apache Junction upset explosives may be stored nearby

by | Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent

The larger portion of the magazine would hold the explosives and the smaller box would hold the igniters. (Photo courtesy of city of Apache Junction)

Eve Dumas is not happy that the quiet community she manages may be in harm’s way if an Apache Junction business is allowed to store explosives.

“We strive to provide quiet enjoyment of the park… We are (age) 55-plus and having explosives within such a close proximity to their homes is going to upset peoples’ peace of mind,” Ms. Dumas of Quail Run, 3700 S. Tomahawk Road, said. “There are already people upset about it. It’s the perception of having explosives so close to the park.”

She and other residents of the area attended the Aug. 22 meeting of the Apache Junction Planning and Zoning Commission. The commission was to consider a conditional use permit request by Desert Mesa Holdings LLC, represented by Nate Shechter, to store explosive material in a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives-approved magazine at Western Industrial, 3640 S. Cactus Road. The commission voted 4-0 to continue the item to a Tuesday, Jan. 9, meeting as BATFE asked for modifications to a cover for the magazine’s barricade. Voting yes were Chairwoman Theresa Nesser, Vice Chairman Peter Heck and commissioners Robert Schroeder and Michael McGraw. Absent were commissioners Luciano Buzzin, Michael Frank and Willie Howard.


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