Artillery shell could have been destroyed at Ocean Beach but found to be dud
UPDATE 4:44 p.m. July 27 -An old artillery shell found Friday near AT&T Park has been determined to be harmless.
Friday morning a construction crew unearthed the unexploded World War II-era shell, and officials closed streets near the site and evacuated nearby buildings. Friday afternoon, explosives experts determined that the device was not live, KTVU reports.
A team from Travis Air Force Base planned to take the shell back to the base, according the KTVU.
If the shell had been live, it could have been taken to the open setting of Ocean Beach for disposal, as authorities have done before.
UPDATE 4:10 p.m. July 27 – CBS San Francisco is reporting that “the all-clear signal has been given” at the scene where an unexploded piece of naval ammunition was found Friday, but it was not clear from the report whether the device had been defused, detonated or otherwise destroyed, or transported out of the area.
An artillery shell found Friday at a construction site near San Francisco’s AT&T Park could be brought to Ocean Beach for destruction.
CBS San Francisco is reporting that an explosives-disposal team from Travis Air Force Base was expected to examine the shell Friday afternoon and determine whether it was safe to take it to Ocean Beach, or should be blown up near where it was found.
Construction crews dug up the shell, which is 16 inches tall and 7 to 8 inches in diameter, near Third and Mariposa streets, according to KCBS.
A construction crewman actually lifted the device into his truck and relocated it to the sidewalk on the 200 block of Channel Street nearby.
“We’re issuing a stay-in-place directive to other folks who are not in the immediate area. We’re hopeful this won’t impact tonight’s [Giants 7:15 p.m.] game,”SFPD’s Acting Chief of Special Operations, Mikail Ali.