March 08, 2016 - 5:16 PM
SICAMOUS - A military ordnance disposal unit travelled to the B.C. Interior today, March 8, to deal with an item a woman discovered when she was cleaning up a roadside ditch yesterday.
Cpl. Dan Moskaluk, a spokesperson for the RCMP South East District, says the object appeared to be a military ordnance shell in a ditch on Hallfish Road in Sicamous.
“The woman had been cleaning up area ditches when she came across what she described as a ‘tank shell,’” Moskaluk says in a media release. “The Sicamous RCMP attended to the isolated rural area, examined the item and immediately notified the Royal Canadian Forces Navy Ordnace Disposal Unit."
The scene was guarded before the unit arrived today to remove the shell and take it to the National Defence property in Vernon where it was destroyed.
“The origins of the ordnance remain a mystery and we would certainly appreciate any information as how it ended up in this ditch,” Moskaluk says. “We understand that members of the public could be in possession of collectible war memorabilia and be unsure of how to dispose of them, however this was not the right way."
If you have any information on this incident, contact the Sicamous RCMP at 250-836-2878.
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