National Guard armories across the country are contaminated with high levels of lead dust, according to a Dec. 2 report by The Oregonian. The lead dust – caused by the residue of weapon fire – was found in areas throughout armory locations, the Oregonian reported. In many cases, the dust permeated areas frequently used by family members – including gymnasiums, day-care centers, kitchens, and offices. The newspaper based its story on 23,000 pages of public records it obtained. In total, inspectors found contamination at 424 armories during the past four years.