Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Police Called in to Dispose of Second World War Shells from Museum

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Police Called in to Dispose of Second World War Shells from Museum

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Second World War shells removed from museum

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The discovery of two war-time shells set off jitters at a Newfoundland museum, amid concerns they may still be live.

Staff at The Rooms museum in St. John's found the shells as they inventoried stored artifacts in the Second World War collection, director Anne Chafe said Thursday.

"They opened a box and they found these two air bombs," said Chafe, who estimated the shells as about 18 inches long by three or four inches around.

"The pins were still in the bombs so they were potentially active ... We have been working on our inventory for quite some time so we were all surprised this had not been discovered before."

As per museum policy, staff called the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, located next door to The Rooms, and a member of the explosive disposal unit was brought in to help remove the shells. …

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