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02-18-2009, 01:14 PM
Durham will study safety of Blue Trail Range
By: Chuck Corley, Special to the Record-Journal, <1>1:10 p.m.
02/18/2009

DURHAM - The town will pursue its own study involving the Blue Trail Rifle Range, seeking to improve safety after bullets have struck area houses.

The range, located on North Branford Road in Wallingford, has been the subject of controversy since the late 1990s when bullets first struck homes over the town line in Durham.

Several recent strikes caused the range to close voluntarily last year while it made safety improvements. Its 100-yard range reopened in August but the 200-yard range remains closed.

Investigations haven't turned up any ballistic matches, although a State Police report in November concluded that the strikes "more likely than not" came from Blue Trail. The investigation is continuing.

The Board of Finance voted 4-2 Tuesday to spend nearly $20,000 on a safety study of the range. It had deadlocked 2-2 on the matter last month.

The study, which could take about 150 days, is expected to recommend safety measures for the range and how the town can better protect properties in the area, town officials said last month.

The range has long denied it is the source of the strikes, and its attorney, Craig Fishbein, told the board Tuesday that safety measures such as baffles are still in place.