Prospec­tor un­earths tank shell

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

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