Orleans Police Department

Massachusetts Fishermen Bring Up Unexploded WWII Rocket In Their Nets

April 13, 2018
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By Rebecca Zamer/Joe Cingrana

A group of fisherman looking for clams off the coast of Massachusetts got quite the surprise when they discovered an unexploded military shell in one of their nets.

Police believe that the shell was most likely used by the air force during target practice on a defunct WWII ship in cape cod bay.

The State Police Bomb Squad and Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams took the shell by truck to a jetty and buried it in a 4-foot deep hole. They then detonated it with the Orleans Police Department in a controlled environment.

While there is no way to tell for sure, authorities maintain the shell was most likely a Zuni missile which was used during World War II as an air to surface weapon. Lt. Kevin Higgins with the Orleans PD believes the weapon is left over from the U.S. Air Force which used a defunct WWII ship, named the SS James Longstreet, for target practice in Cape Cod Bay.  

 

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