Oceanside Construction Workers Discover World War I Military Explosive


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A construction crew unearthed a piece of military memorabilia while working near the Oceanside Transportation Center on Wednesday, July 21.

Constructions workers were at a job site in the 100 block of South Tremont Street when they discovered an old military shell.

The discovery caused a road closure and evacuations as officials prepared to remove the potentially explosive device.

According to the Oceanside Police Department, the incident was reported around 12:30 P.M. on Wednesday.

Officers then shut down traffic lanes and cleared people out of their homes along the 300-foot stretch of road, reports City News Service.

The police then notified Camp Pendleton for assistance. They sent in an ordnance-handling team to dispose of the ammunition, said OPD spokesman Tom Bussey.

According to Bussey, the origin of the military shell was unclear to officials. They described it as resembling a "very oversized .45 (caliber) round" that might be fired by a 'howitzer-type weapon."

As of Wednesday, Bussey said it was still unclear if the piece of ammunition was still live.

By 4:46 P.M. the antique ammunition had been removed and the police department had canceled their evacuation order for the surrounding area.

Military personnel scanned through the shell and determined it was from the World War I era, reports the Times of San Diego.


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