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Associated Press - May 26, 2009 5:24 PM ET

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Army officials say two vapor leaks were detected Tuesday in separate igloos at a chemical weapons storage site in Richmond.

Blue Grass Chemical Activity spokesman Richard Sloan says they were the first two leaks discovered this year at the Army Depot. It was a coincidence they were found on the same day, Sloan said.

Monitoring equipment found low levels of mustard agent vapor Tuesday morning inside an igloo at Blue Grass Army Depot where thousands of mustard-filled projectiles are stored.

Hours later, another leak of GB vapor was found at an igloo that houses M55 rockets.

Neither leak was considered a serious threat to the surrounding area, Sloan said. Workers were planning to enter the igloos Wednesday to locate the leaking weapons and repack them.

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