Montreal

Munitions specialists called in after possible unexploded shell discovered in Longueuil lot

The discovery was made Thursday morning as workers were carrying out excavation work in a residential area of the city.

Police say lot was once home to a factory that produced artillery during the First and Second World Wars

Police and firefighters survey a vacant lot in Longueuil where workers came across an object that resembles an unexploded shell Thursday morning. (Simon-Marc Charron/Radio-Canada)

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces have contained and removed an object resembling an unexploded military shell that was found at a vacant lot in Longueuil Thursday morning.

The discovery was made around 8:45 a.m., as workers were carrying out an excavation on the lot at the corner of Saint-Charles Street East and Auvergne Street.

The object is about 60 centimetres long and 20 centimetres in diameter.

Police immediately called in munitions specialists from the Armed Forces, who arrived in the afternoon from CFB Valcartier.

A 500 square-metre security perimeter was set up for several hours. It was lifted by late Thursday afternoon.

According to the Longueuil police, the site was home to a factory that produced artillery during the First and Second World Wars.

Police say the object will be analyzed further by members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

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