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Teens can continue using armory

May 23, 1997

A Hagerstown youth group can continue to use the former National Guard Armory, but must have fire exits repaired within a month, a fire official said Thursday.

Twenty-First Century Teens has until June 20 to repair or replace the panic bars on the exit doors to the gym at the 328 N. Potomac St. building, said Charles Cronauer, deputy chief state fire marshal.

The group can continue to use the gym because the doors will open, Cronauer said.

The rest of the armory is off limits until life-threatening safety violations are fixed, including adding an exit door upstairs, he said. There is only one way in and out upstairs.

Emergency lighting has been fixed in the gym, but still needs to be upgraded in the rest of the building, Cronauer said.

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If Has Beens Boxing Club wants to use the boxing arena in the back of the armory, an exit door needs to be added, he said.

Cronauer said he isn't sure whether Has Beens is still using the armory.

The teen group uses the armory's gym for Christian education about twice a week.

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