See TM 3-220 for
detailed instructions in decontamination.
(1) Empty containers.
containers with both valves closed and
Decontaminate the exterior of the
with protective bonnets or protective
container paying special attention to
covers in place.
exposed parts of the valves, and
(2) Filled containers. Store filled containers
out of the sun in a cool, ventilated place.
Vent filled containers as required (TM 3-
disassemble, decontaminate, and
250). Inspect periodically for leakage.
Decontaminate the inside and
10. Demolition to Prevent Enemy Use. Filled
outside of the container. Be sure
containers of toxic agents will be destroyed only on
that the decontaminating material
order of the commanding officer.
flows through the eduction tubes.
containers only by explosives.
Rinse away all decontaminating
containers either by explosives or mechanical means.
material. Dry the interior by forcing
Detonate a 3-pound explosive
warmed dry air through the
charge against the side of the container. The charge
container. Replace and close the
may be placed in a shallow hole and the container rolled
on top of it, or the charge may be tamped in place.
b. Mechanical Means. Destroy valves and threads
9. Shipment and Limited Storage. a. Shipment.
by battering them with a sledge hammer or other heavy
One-ton containers are shipped uncrated. They may be
transported in a truck, a trailer, or by rail. See TM 3-250
for instructions in shipping chemical agents.