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Highway work near Bragg unearths possible artillery shells

Posted November 4, 2015

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— Construction crews working on Interstate 295 in Cumberland County uncovered four 155-millimeter artillery shells, Fort Bragg officials said Wednesday.

Military police, an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit and the Fort Bragg Fire Department have established a safety boundary to the area, and officials closed the Yadkin Road Access Control Point.

"What the D.O.D. team has found so far is that the devices have no initiating device inside," said Fort Bragg Public Affairs Officer, Thomas McCollum. "They have a shipping plug, therefore they're relatively safe. They've been in the ground for about 10 to 20 years."

Traffic was diverted onto Filyaw Road while crews worked to remove the artillery rounds. Yadkin Road was reopened around 4 p.m.

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  • Craig Elliott Nov 4, 2015
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    "They've been in the ground for about 10 to 20 years."
    So somewhere between 1995 and 2005 (4) 155 rounds fell off a truck?

  • Derril Salter Nov 4, 2015
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    Strange. That area is miles away from the ranges.

  • Carl Keehn Nov 4, 2015
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    It happens. I used to live outside of Fort Meade in Maryland and before they were able to turn their airport over to Anne Arundel County for a County airport, they had to check for unexploded munitions, that site had been used for artillery training at one time.