Po­lice called in to dis­pose of Sec­ond World War shells from mu­seum

Journal Pioneer - - ATLANTIC -

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.

“The RNC of­fi­cer that came over shook it him­self and made us com­fort­able that there was no im­me­di­ate con­cern,’’ she said.

The mu­seum is only 12 years old, but Chafe said it houses many items brought over from the for­mer New­found­land Mu­seum.

“When you have mil­lions of ar­ti­facts and you have a large move like that you would be tak­ing things that were al­ready in a box and putting them back on a shelf.’’

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