FIRST WAR MU­NI­TIONS STILL WASH­ING UP ON BEACHES

Regina Leader-Post - - WORLD -

A cen­tury after the First World War ended, dis­carded mu­ni­tions from that and other wars con­tinue to make their way onto beaches around the U.S. Items rang­ing from tiny fuses to fullscale mines are dis­placed by beach re­plen­ish­ment projects, sucked from the ocean floor and pumped ashore, or by strong storms that un­cover them.

The most re­cent dis­cov­ery came ear­lier this month when seven First World War ri­fle grenades were found on a beach in New Jersey which is un­der­go­ing a beach re­plen­ish­ment project to undo dam­age from Su­per­storm Sandy five years ago.

Many of the items were sim­ply dumped over­board at the end of the First and Sec­ond World War; oth­ers re­main from drills or tar­get prac­tice.

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