Lexington County Sheriff explosives team disposes of artillery round from WWII

Round that was turned in.

Deputies on the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Explosive Ordnance Disposal team have been handling a World War II-era relic.

Based on research by the LCSD, it was a live 40 mm anti-aircraft artillery round. A resident requested the EOD team’s help in safely disposing of it. The round measures 18.5 inches.

“It was apparently an heirloom of sorts after being brought back to the U.S. shortly after World War II by a military veteran,” said Capt. Adam Myrick of the LCSD. “As we’ve been told, it stayed in the family since the 1940s until someone had the recent thought the round might still be live.”

That’s when the EOD team was called to take a look at it and properly dispose of it.

Myrick said there is a procedure to follow if possible explosives are found.

“If someone comes across something similar, or an item that could be live, they should call us,” said Myrick. “The EOD team has the training and equipment to safely handle and dispose of those items.”

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