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Wabash River Ordnance Works

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The Wabash River Ordinance Works was designated as the United States VX plant in 1957. It is located near Newport, Indiana and was originally commissioned in 1941 to produce plastic explosives during World War II (#Tucker, 2006). The site produced VX and loaded it into munitions or into holding tanks. It was shut down in 1968 after immense production for the previous three years when munitions were running low from the Vietnam War. It produced 5,000 tons of VX by the time it closed (#Tucker, 2006).

References



Tucker, Johnathon B. War of Nerves: Chemical Warfare from World War I to Al-Qaeda. Pantheon Books, 2006.


Hutchinson, Robert. Weapons of mass Destruction: The No-nonsense Guide to Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Weapons Today. Widenfield and Nicholson, 2003.

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