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Real bomb found in attic
World War II-era shell wasn’t live

by Rob Ireland

December 22, 2011

SHARON — Many attics are filled with old baseball cards, family pictures and strings of Christmas lights.

However, inside of the attic of a village business, police found an old, heavy, World War II-era, U.S. military artillery shell.

There was a one major problem with the shell — a problem bigger than the shell itself, which weighed about 150 pounds and took two people to remove — no one had any idea whether it was live and dangerous.

The business owner contacted the Police Department Dec. 6 to inform them of the shell, which was sitting in his attic. The business owner told police he believed the shell had been there for at least 20 years.

Sharon police were unable to determine if the bomb was live or not, so the department contacted the Emergency Management Field Office, located in Madison.

The Sharon Police Department coordinated with the state to determine the next course of action.

The National Guard Joint Operation Center requested assistance from the Air Force's 934 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team, based out of Minneapolis-St. Paul area. The team accepted the request and Sharon Police Officers secured the scene until the Air Force team could arrive.

In the morning hours of Dec. 8, the Air Force team arrived at the Sharon business and identified the stamped artillery shell. So, it was quickly determined that the bomb was real, but the Air Force team needed to do a little more research to determine wether the shell was still live.

An X-ray was done on the bomb and the team determined it was empty and no explosive hazards.

The team extracted the shell and transported it to a governmental site for disposal.