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)
Checking out the Red Deer Collector Car Auction & Speed Show
Thousands of central Albertans are taking in the 12th Annual Red Deer Collector Car Auction and...
READ MORE +
Vipers to make second-straight appearance in HJHL final
The Red Deer Vipers are off to the Heritage Junior Hockey League final for the second year-in-a-row...
READ MORE +
Rebels skid to loss against Ice to close out home schedule
The Red Deer Rebels were behind from the get-go Friday night, resulting in a not so pretty 6-2 loss...
READ MORE +
Join the Discussion
We are happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules: Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards. See full commenting rules.