SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department's bomb squad investigated what appeared to be a military ordnance that was found in Point Loma Saturday afternoon.
The owner of a house under construction called authorities to the 3200 block of Avenida de Portugal near Willow Street shortly before 2 p.m., according to Capt. Joe Amador.
The item was described as being about 1 1/2 feet long and about 6 inches in diameter.
It was a live artillery explosive shell from the WWII Korean era designed to create and explosion and then a billowing amount of smoke, according to authorities.
The live round was found in one of the bedrooms underneath the bed during a remodel. The homeowners believe it may have been left there by the previous owners. One neighbor was evacuated as a precaution, Amador said.
The Marine Corp Air Station Miramar also sent an explosives disposal team to the site to help identify the item.
This is the device removed from a Point Loma home by MCAS EOD and SDFR pic.twitter.com/yPg5MFTF1G— Brandon Lewis (@BrandonCBS8) December 4, 2016
Homeowner initially brought to the street then returned it inside after researching it on the internet.SDFR strongly recommends against this— Brandon Lewis (@BrandonCBS8) December 4, 2016
SDFR: it was a live round from WWII or Korean War. 105cm round.— Brandon Lewis (@BrandonCBS8) December 4, 2016
One neighbor said she was asked to leave as a precaution. pic.twitter.com/03sJuyf2ul— Brandon Lewis (@BrandonCBS8) December 4, 2016
Unknown if shell is a live round. MCAS Miramar EOD unit running it through database. pic.twitter.com/K3jUZNYChI— Brandon Lewis (@BrandonCBS8) December 4, 2016
MCAS Miramar helping remove military artillery shell (1.5ft x 6in) uncovered by homeowner in 3200 blk Av. De Portugal during renovation. pic.twitter.com/NB54312tFK— Brandon Lewis (@BrandonCBS8) December 4, 2016
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