660 pounds of old, unwanted ammunition turned in at Ocala, Florida Gander Mountain.

Local and state agencies collected more than 660 pounds of…

Local and state agencies collected more than 660 pounds of old or unwanted ammunition Saturday.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection co-sponsored the event, along with the Southern Waste Information Exchange, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Gander Mountain Store of Ocala.

Nearly 70 people brought in old ammunition, including 250 pounds of shotgun shells, 114 pounds of gunpowder and 25 pounds of flares, to the Gander Mountain store.

Ammunition that is improperly disposed of can get into the hands of children and leak lead in to groundwater, according to DEP.

“This event made it easy for hunters and other residents to safely remove potentially dangerous ammunition from their homes and prevent it from ending up in Florida’s landfills,” said Mary Jean Yon, director of the division of waste management, in a released statement.

Tallahassee has been the site for the disposal event since 2005. This was the first year ammunition was collected in Ocala.

Source: Jackie Alexander for Ocala.com.

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