Deputies Unearth Thousands of Bullets

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    John Koster/NCTimes
    Old lead bullets that pose a safety hazard are being removed from the region's firing range at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station.

    Nearly 80,000 pounds of lead and copper have been pulled out of a hillside behind the firing range used by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department .

    For decades, deputies, officers and agents have been firing at cardboard targets at the range located on Miramar Marine Corps Air Station.

    Once the bullets go through, they settle into a dirt slope.

    Officials say over time, the buried bullets become a safety hazard.

    Workers have been pulling out all that metal since late January. They're a couple of weeks away from finishing up.

    The metal will then be recycled.

    Read the full article in the NCTimes.