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Published: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 @ 6:06 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 @ 8:43 PM
DAYTON — The Dayton Bomb Squad removed an old artillery shell found in the garage of a home Tuesday afternoon and detonated it.
Residents at a home in the 100 block of East Beechwood Avenue found the ordnance and called police, Dayton police Lt. Eric Henderson said. The bomb squad was dispatched not long after that.
The house belonged to a family member and the residents said they hadn't ventured into the garage for many years, Henderson said. The shell, estimated to be 12 inches long, apparently had been in the garage all this time until it was discovered at about 4:30 p.m.
"The figure I heard was 48 years," the lieutenant said about how long the shell may have been in the garage.
Military experts from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base were called in to examine the shell, to determine whether it was live, Henderson said.
"We're treating it as if it's live," he said.
As a precaution, houses next the one where the shell was found were evacuated, and people in homes across the street and on the street to the rear of the residence were told to shelter in place, Henderson said. Streets also were blocked to traffic until the ordnance was removed from the area.
Police don't suggest it, he said, but the residents took the shell from the garage and brought it to driveway.