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Swede finds artillery shell in yard

Aug. 7, 2012 at 4:08 PM   |   Comments

TRELLEBORG, Sweden, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- A man, mowing his lawn near Trelleborg, Sweden, found what police said was a 110-pound artillery shell protruding from the ground.

"We think it is live, and that is also the information we have received from the military," police spokeswoman Ewa-Gun Westford told Sveriges Swedish Radio.

Police evacuated the area within 900 meters (2,952 feet) of the shell, and closed a nearby highway until the explosive device could be disarmed or detonated, the Swedish new agency The Local reported Tuesday.

"It could be as old as dating back from the First World War," said Mia Sandgren of the Skane County police, adding it is unusual to find such a device in a private yard inland from the coast.

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