Figure 5. Primer or fuze magazines.
Sudden changes in temperature may damage airtight containers, or may result in excessive
condensation of moisture. If the temperature in a magazine exceeds 100F for a period of more than
24 hours, the magazine should be cooled by wetting the exterior of the building with water and by
opening the doors and ventilators after sunset and closing them in the morning. If these methods do
not prove effective in lowering the temperature, the commander must decide whether the materials
should be moved to another storage magazine.
Storage magazines in general, should not be provided with heat. An exception is made when it may be
necessary to prevent condensation of moisture, to maintain constant temperature, or for other reasons.
Where an approved heating apparatus is used to heat a magazine, it must be arranged where the
OPERATIONAL REGULATIONS FOR MAGAZINE STORAGE
The following applies where any ammunition and explosvies are stored:
All magazines must have a DA Label 85 (Storage and Care of Explosives) (Figure 6) posted near
or on each door inside of the magazine. The form must be bilingual in overseas locations where
host nation support or local nationals are use.
Vegetation around ammunition storage sites must be controlled. Usually a 50-foot firebreak is
required around above-ground magazines.
Components or loose rounds (those not boxed or pallitized) should not be stored in the same
magazine with properly packaged items.
Conveyors, pallet jacks, equipment, tools, empty boxes, etc., are not stored in the same magazine
as ammunition or explosives.
Doors and locks on magazines must be kept in good working condition.
The door or doors of a magazine must be kept open when a crew is working inside. The number
of crews must not exceed the number of doors. Magazines must be kept locked at all times when
no one is working in them.
Ammunition must be placed or stacked in a magazine according to the applicable ammunition