WWII-era explosive blown up on Cape Cod beach

Beachgoers were kept away as device was detonated

Courtesy: MGNonline.com
Courtesy: MGNonline.com

WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) — A military projectile possibly dating to the World War II era has been destroyed after it was found on a Wellfleet beach. A fisherman found the device in the sand at Marconi Beach at about 3 p.m. Wednesday and alerted authorities.

The state police bomb squad responded and the device was blown up on the beach at about 7 p.m.

Officials kept curious spectators about 1,000 feet away from the explosion to protect them from shrapnel.

Sgt. Jerry Galizio of the bomb squad tells the Cape Cod Times (http://bit.ly/1nk8PSh ) that the military used area beaches as practice ranges during World War II, and it’s not uncommon for ordnance to be found even to this day.

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