Update: Watertown block evacuated after man digs up unexploded military ordinance

Shell from 10 to 12 inches long & rusted

Military ordnance - block evacuated

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The unexploded military ordinance that caused police to evacuate part of a Watertown street Tuesday night was found by a resident who was digging near his home, city police say.

The man, who lives in the 500 block of Clay Street, called police who sent an officer to investigate.

An unexploded military shell was found Tuesday in the 500 block of Clay Street in Watertown. The street was closed and nearby residents evacuated.
An unexploded military shell was found Tuesday in the 500 block of Clay Street in Watertown. The street was closed and nearby residents evacuated. (Source: Watertown Police Department)

The officer estimated the shell to be between 10 and 12 inches long and noted that the metal appeared to be rusted.

Police closed the block and evacuated nearby homes as a precaution.

Officers contacted the Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit at Fort Drum, who removed the shell and took it to Fort Drum to be destroyed.

The city's fire department and Guilfoyle Ambulance were on standby.

The street was reopened around 9:45 p.m. and residents returned to their homes.

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