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— The damage inflicted on the desert also varies according to the size of the ordnance exploded. "It could be anywhere from a divot that's less than a foot across and a few inches deep to a hole you could lose a truck in. It also depends on the construction of the bomb, whether it was designed for explosive effect, shrapnel effect, or whatever."

Though the Corps of Engineers gave Carrizo its highest "Hazard Severity" rating, the impact area has the second lowest of five "Hazard Probability" ratings, "Remote," due to the lack of structures or habitations within a 20-mile radius. Factoring the hazard severity and the hazard probability, the Corps of Engineers gives the Carrizo Impact Area a "Risk Assessment Code" of three on a scale of one to five (one representing the highest risk). A three rating carries the explanation, "Recommend further action" but is not a high-priority. Since the report's completion, there's been no further action. The Corps of Engineers didn't return calls seeking comment.

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