Bomb squad, divers search Charles River, find more WWII artifacts
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Bomb squad, divers search Charles River, find more WWII artifacts

Multiple Massachusetts police agencies, including the bomb squad and environmental police, conducted a search of the Charles River in Needham on Monday. The search comes after after two deteriorated pieces of unexploded ordnance were fished out of the river in recent days.The Massachusetts State Police said the river was searched with divers and a remotely operated vehicle. Police said while no additional pieces of ordnance were located, divers did recover a large elongated tank. The state police bomb squad and state hazardous materials specialists determined the tank contained no hazardous materials and it was disposed by the Needham Department of Public Works.Last week, police said that individuals who were magnet fishing in the Charles River in the area of Kendrick Street picked up “what appeared to be an unexploded ordnance.” Members of the bomb squad determined the object was a heavily deteriorated bazooka round, potentially dating back to the World War II era, and that it needed to be detonated, said state police spokesperson Dave Procopio.Video below: Sean Martell, who recently fished WWII-era ordnance from the Charles River, told Chronicle in 2020 he’s ‘addicted to magnet fishing’

Multiple Massachusetts police agencies, including the bomb squad and environmental police, conducted a search of the Charles River in Needham on Monday.

The search comes after after two deteriorated pieces of unexploded ordnance were fished out of the river in recent days.

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The Massachusetts State Police said the river was searched with divers and a remotely operated vehicle.

Police said while no additional pieces of ordnance were located, divers did recover a large elongated tank. The state police bomb squad and state hazardous materials specialists determined the tank contained no hazardous materials and it was disposed by the Needham Department of Public Works.

State police say a person fishing with a magnet pulled a heavily-deteriorated bazooka round, possibly from the World War II era, from the Charles River near the Needham-Newton line in Massachusetts on March 6, 2024.

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Last week, police said that individuals who were magnet fishing in the Charles River in the area of Kendrick Street picked up “what appeared to be an unexploded ordnance.”

Members of the bomb squad determined the object was a heavily deteriorated bazooka round, potentially dating back to the World War II era, and that it needed to be detonated, said state police spokesperson Dave Procopio.

Video below: Sean Martell, who recently fished WWII-era ordnance from the Charles River, told Chronicle in 2020 he’s ‘addicted to magnet fishing’

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