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.