GUAM OFFICIALS FEAR THERE MAY BE MUSTARD GAS IN HAGÅTÑA SWAMP

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HAGÅTÑA, Guam (August 14, 2000 – Hawaii Public Radio)---Officials on Guam fear there may be deadly mustard gas bombs from World War II buried in HagÃ¥tña Swamp.

World War II-era records indicate that enough mustard gas bombs for 50 air raids arrived in Guam in 1945.

The bombs were destined to be dropped on Japan before an invasion by American troops, but those plans were dropped after the atomic bomb was developed.

That’s according to the Micronesian Area Research Center.

Now officials are trying to find out where the bombs wound up.

They don’t have any proof that the mustard gas is in the swamp, but they know the swamp was used as a dumping ground after the war.

They say if the gas is accidentally released, it could kill half the people within two miles.

The swamp lies near an old Navy power plant and already contains carcinogenic PCBs.

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