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Italian glacier melt uncovers WWI shells

Sept. 1, 2012 at 11:56 AM   |   Comments

TRENTO, Italy, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Italian police said the recent melting of a mountain glacier uncovered a cache of ammunition from World War I.

About 200 rounds of 85-100 millimeter ordnance were uncovered high on the glacier on Ago de Nardis in Trentino this week, the Finance Guard told Italy's ANSA news agency.

The shells had been buried on the glacier for nearly 100 years, but a recent heat wave melted the snow and ice to the point that a passing police rescue unit could see their brown metal points sticking out.

Police disposal specialists came back to the site and collected the munitions.

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