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.
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.