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Niagara police use explosives to destroy Second World War-era shell from Lake Ontario

The Niagara police explosives disposal unit has used explosives to destroy a Second World War-era shell found in Lake Ontario "out of an abundance of caution."

Area of the lake west of Niagara was used for training during the Second World War

Niagara police say officers destroyed a Second World War-era shell found in Lake Ontario on Tuesday. (Supplied by Niagara Regional Police Service)

The Niagara police explosives disposal unit has used explosives to destroy a shell found in Lake Ontario that's believed to date back to the Second World War.

Police were called to the beach near Lakeshore Road and Old Lakeshore Road around 4:45 p.m. ET Tuesday following reports of the discovery of a possible explosive.

Officers said they met a retired police officer who had been using a bathyscope —an underwater viewing device that can be used from the boat or in the shallows — and spotted what appeared to be an artillery shell roughly 15 metres from shore.

The explosives disposal unit was called in and moved the shell to the beach.

Police say it had deteriorated over time and officers used explosives to destroy it "out of an abundance of caution" around 9 p.m.

Lake Ontario west of Niagara was used for training during the Second World War, they say.

Police are asking anyone who finds something that resembles an explosive or ammunition not to touch it and to contact police immediately.

Police say the shell was located roughly 15 metres from shore by a retired officer. (Supplied by Niagara Regional Police)

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