Over the course of our extensive research and investigation, the DT team interviewed multiple civilian and military munitions experts. We learned the flare causing the fire, was a dangerous Grade V munition.
In 2007 a U.S. Marine (now discharged from the Marine Corps), was involved in live-fire training at the Twentynine Palms Base in California…
The ex-marine improperly removed an M-125 cluster flare from the base and took it to his parents’ house in Cudahy, Wisconsin.
Two years later, he and his brother negligently set off the flare. The burning clusters landed on the roof of a Smithfield meat processing plant, causing a massive fire.