Lethbridge Police remove old artillery shell found inside home

By Lethbridge News Now
September 26, 2017 - 8:37am

LETHBRIDGE – The Lethbridge Police Service explosive disposal unit was able to safely remove an old artillery round from a home in south Lethbridge on Monday afternoon.

Officers were called to the residence and began to evacuate the area, after the ordinance was discovered in a basement and brought out into the backyard.

“Initially when the call came in, you don't know what the risk is, so you assume the worst,” explained Cst. David Easter. “We don't know if it's a live round, we don't know if it's a damaged round or somethings been modified. So, we want to take precautions for the public around here until we can identify what it is, and then we can start to downgrade the risk level at that time.”

After arriving at the scene and determining that it was an artillery round from the Second World War, Easter says the Department of National Defence informed them that it was “safe enough” for them to transport.

“We're going to take it out west of the city, we have a secure location out there, and we're going to destroy it,” said Easter.

He acknowledged that this isn’t the first time such a discovery has been made in Lethbridge, and proceeded to outline what you should do if you find one in the future.

“Please don't disturb it, don't send us selfies with you holding it up. It's best to just leave it where it's at. Contact us, we are trained to come and deal with these things, so we'll come and identify it, and if possible, move it,” Easter stated.

“If it's of a different level, we'll have the Department of National Defence come down and retrieve it.”

(Lethbridge News Now)

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