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Bomb squad detonates live WWI shell in Pitt County

Posted July 3, 2011
Updated July 4, 2011

— For the second time in two weeks, a bomb squad from Seymour Johnson Air Force base was called out to detonate a live World War I munition.

Authorities said a Pitt County man who was given a WWI mortar shell a decade ago called police Saturday and asked them to get rid of it at his Winterville home.

The bomb squad from Seymour Johnson buried the shell and blew it up.

Authorities said several residents nearby were briefly evacuated as a precaution.

In late June, a Goldsboro couple found a live, German-made WWI hand grenade in the drawer of an antique sewing machine they were restoring. The Seymour Johnson bomb squad also disposed of the grenade.


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  • hckyplyr72 Jul 5, 2011

    They should of put it in a bucket of gasoline and shot fireballs at it.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jul 4, 2011

    The worse place for World War II shells is where Camp Butner used to be.

  • Worland Jul 4, 2011

    I bet there are a lot of munitions lying around. Hundreds of troops were caught mailing home grenades and mines from Desert Storm. How many made it through? How many were carried back?

  • PoBoy Jul 4, 2011

    There is no telling how much of this stuff is laying around, either in people's homes, barns or just buried in the ground. Several years ago, a revolutionary cannonball was found buried beneath the railroad tracks that cross US 1/Hwy 501 in Aberdeen aproximately 3 feet beneath the road.