Fisherman’s find of a military shell causes RCMP to evacuate detachment

The RCMP safely removed a suspected military shell on Friday from a detachment in Harbour Grace, N.L., that forced the building’s evacuation.

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The RCMP safely removed a suspected military shell on Friday from a detachment in Harbour Grace, N.L., that forced the building’s evacuation.

The detachment was evacuated when a fisherman dropped off the shell after it got caught in his fishing gear.

The Mounties say they evacuated the detachment and established a perimeter around the building as a precaution.

The shell weighed an estimated 27 kilograms and was brought in at about 1:30 p.m.

Police announced more than five hours later that they had safely removed the suspected military ordinance from the building.

In consultation with the Canadian Forces, the Mounties say they plan to safely destroy it.