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HELENA - Lewis and Clark County officials have banned baseball players from Field 13 at the Ryan Fields Complex in Helena due to high levels of arsenic in the soil.

Unsafe arsenic levels were found at home plate and right field, and other test sites showed elevated levels.

The field is owned by the county and leased by the Babe Ruth Baseball Association.

Baseball Association chairman David Bowers says two other fields will be improved so kids can start playing ball when the season begins April 14.

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The arsenic is thought to have come from the now defunct Montana Lead Co., which operated in the area until 1938.

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