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Continued: Yellowstone can't say how many unexploded shells lie above Sylvan Pass, or how to find them

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  • Last update: June 13, 2013 - 9:27 AM

"What the actual number is, that's anyone's guess," Yellowstone Deputy Chief Ranger Nick Herring tells the News & Guide (http://bit.ly/ZJIO2B).

Shoddy record keeping in earlier years prevent an accurate accounting into the number of duds and the number of unexploded shells located and destroyed.

There has been better record keeping in recent years, but just over 20 percent of the faulty howitzer shells launched in the past 16 years by the Park Service have been recovered and detonated, according to information provided by park spokesman Al Nash.

But Nash said even with those numbers it's not possible there are 300 unexploded shells.

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