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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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(515) 725-6189 - office

Cerro Gordo County Officials, State Fire Marshal to Collect Unwanted Ammunition

Cerro Gordo County, IOWA --- In their efforts to maintain safety in homes across the county, law enforcement and fire officials in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa will host a collection day for unused, unwanted, or expired ammunition on Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 1:00-5:00 PM.

Cerro Gordo County residents can drop off their ammunition at one of three collection sites:

Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's Office
17262 Lark Ave.
Mason City, Iowa

Mason City Police Department
78 South Georgia Ave
Mason City, Iowa


Clear Lake Police Department
511 1st Ave. North
Clear Lake, Iowa


Once collected, the Office of the State Fire Marshal will transport the ammunition to Des Moines for safe disposal.  Improper disposal of ammunition has potential environmental, health, and safety risks.  This event makes it easy for residents to safely remove potentially dangerous ammunition from their homes.  The proper disposal of old or unwanted ammunition can save lives by preventing it from landing in the hands of young children, and can also help protect the environment by keeping lead and other contaminants from seeping into the groundwater.

Remember: You should never use old and deteriorated ammunition in a firearm.  Such ammunition can cause negligent discharges or delayed discharges.

Please contact State Fire Marshal Special Agent Bryan Shupe at (641) 425-8813 with questions.



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