Bombs in Your Backyard

Access the map at ProPublica.

The military spends more than a billion dollars a year to clean up sites its operations have contaminated with toxic waste and explosives. These sites exist in every state in the country. Some are located near schools, residential neighborhoods, rivers and lakes. A full map of these sites has never been made public – until now. Enter your address to see the hazardous sites near you, or select a state.

For more information

  • Reporting Recipe: Bombs in Your Backyard
    A guide for journalists on how to use these data to generate local stories
  • Open Burns, Ill Winds
    The Pentagon’s handling of munitions and their waste has poisoned millions of acres, and left Americans to guess at the threat to their health.
  • How Military Outsourcing Turned Toxic
    Fraud. Bribery. Incompetence. The military’s use of contractors adds to a legacy of environmental damage.
  • Kaboom Town
    The U.S. military burns millions of pounds of munitions in a tiny, African-American corner of Louisiana. The town’s residents say they’re forgotten in the plume.

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