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Military personnel take care of artillery shell at Merritt police station

Image Credit: RCMP handout
July 25, 2016 - 9:33 AM

MERRITT - Military personnel were called to the Merritt RCMP office last week to dispose of an artillery shell.

On Thursday, July 21, a person dropped of the shell at the Merritt police station, looking to have it safely disposed of, according to a police press release. It wasn’t clear whether the shell, which was covered by a case, was live or not.

Police didn’t poke around to find out if it was live and instead secured the shell until a Canadian Forces Diving Unit from Victoria arrived to deal with it. The unit arrived Thursday evening and determined it was not live. They disposed of the shell Friday, July 22.

Police would like a simple phone call in the future, if someone has unwanted firearms or ammunition, RCMP media relations officer Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says.

“Request that an officer attend your location to recover unwanted firearms or munitions, instead of bringing the items to police,” he says.

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