Prospector unearths tank shell
A piece of military ammunition believed to be a World War II tank shell was discovered and retrieved from Cossack last week.
Roebourne police were called at about 8am last Tuesday morning to remove a 11.3kg projectile in the ghost town of Cossack, after being alerted by a man who had detected it while prospecting and dug it up from about a foot underground using a pickaxe, thinking it was gold.
Police attended and called the Pilbara Regiment for back-up, who advised the ammunition was most likely a used shell dating back to about World War II.
The Regiment have since removed the object from Cossack and taken it to their headquarters for assessment.
A Pilbara Regiment spokesman said their initial assessment was that the projectile was a solid steel round that would have been propelled from an old model tank and was not itself explosive.
“Based on observation and our information, we’ve assessed that it’s a tank munition from around the World War II era,” he said.
“That’s based on the size, dimensions and weight of the object.”
The round will be assessed by a visiting ammunitions expert next week and removed to an army base in Perth.