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Error expands off-limits zone near rifle range

The Hawaii Army National Guard is withdrawing a plan to expand an ocean danger zone surrounding a rifle range in southwestern Kauai.

The Garden Island reported Tuesday that a spokes­man for the Hawaii Army National Guard says a project manager mistakenly increased the size of the ocean area to be off-limits during target practice at Kekaha Range Facility.

The Army Corps of Engineers is rescinding its public notice for the plan at the request of the Guard, Guard spokes­man Lt. Col. Charles Anthony said.

Public notice for an expanded zone 6 miles wide was posted May 9. The danger zone during live target practice has been roughly 1 mile wide for decades.

The proposal drew questions and concerns from community members through open public comments. Part of the criticism is about whether the range is too close to the beach.

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