5 Get Prison After 2012 Military Munition Blast in Louisiana

In this Feb. 11, 2016, file photo provided by the Louisiana National Guard, a controlled burn chamber arrives at Camp Minden in Minden, La. (Noshoba Davis/Louisiana National Guard via AP)
In this Feb. 11, 2016, file photo provided by the Louisiana National Guard, a controlled burn chamber arrives at Camp Minden in Minden, La. (Noshoba Davis/Louisiana National Guard via AP)

SHREVEPORT, La. — A federal judge has ordered $34.8 million in restitution from a former owner of a company that committed what one prosecutor calls the nation's worst-ever dumping of military explosives. The case arose from a huge munitions blast in 2012.

David Alan Smith of Winchester, Kentucky, and four officials of Explo Systems Inc. were sentenced Thursday in Shreveport. Smith drew 4 years and 7 months in prison and rest between 2 and 5 years in prison. All five pleaded guilty earlier.

The now bankrupt company had an $8.7 million Army contract to demilitarize artillery charges at a Louisiana National Guard facility called Camp Minden, site of the blast.

U.S. Attorney David Joseph says the defendants used Camp Minden as the largest illegal dumping ground of military explosives in U.S. history.

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