We are working hard on the WFC site! Excavators are plowing through the area and trucks with sand are coming and going. The area around the Mauritskazerne where the WFC Experience will be installed, will be prepared for future use. An important part in this is the detection and removal of non-jumped explosives (NGEs).
The Maurits-Zuid site where the WFC comes is part of the former barracks of Ede. From that historical function and the location right next to the railway, the location in the Second World War was regularly the target of English bombers. In preparation for the construction work in the coming years, the soil is now being released from explosives that have not been jumped.
Dealing with possible explosives requires a careful approach. After removal of the top layer such as street clinkers or bushes, special detection equipment is searched for 'disturbances'. If there is a suspicion of explosives, it is carefully excavated. In places where buildings are built up, a further excavation is detected after a meter of excavation. For example, it is looked at up to 3 meters deep or there may still be explosives.
No unnecessary luxury
That the search for unexploded explosives is not a superfluous luxury, agrees with junior project leader Wiard Ligterink of the Municipality of Ede: 'Last year a 500-pounder was found on the adjacent Maurits-Noord site. At the same time we can take other contamination with us. For example, oil and tar-like substances that used to be used as barracks in the past. "