Sacramento to Test Homes Near Lead-Contaminated Gun Range

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento is set to begin testing the soil of dozens of homes near a shuttered gun range that was found to be contaminated with lead dust.

The Sacramento Bee reports ( ) that 41 homeowners near the now closed James G. Mangan Rifle and Pistol Range have been contacted about having their yards tested for hazardous levels of lead and 23 have agreed to the tests.

The city chose those 41 homes based on wind models that showed where lead dust on the range's roof may have blown.

The range was closed in 2014 but city officials did not clean the facility or notify people who used or live by an adjacent park of the possible lead contamination at that time.

The range roof and vents have since been sealed to stop the spread of lead dust.