Military bomb squad denonates mortar shell found near Second World War spy school in Oshawa
Man with metal detector found it in Intrepid Park, former site of Camp X
Police say a mortar shell that was found at the site of a Second World War spy school in Oshawa, Ont., was safely detonated by members of the Canadian Forces this morning.
The shell was found by a man who was searching Intrepid park for artifacts and coins with a metal detector Tuesday evening, according to Durham Regional Police.
Sgt. Bill Calder says the man found a large metal object and dug it out of the ground by hand before taking a picture of it to send to a family member. The relative then told the man it was probably dangerous, according to Calder.
Police say that's when the man called in the mortar shell around 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Intrepid park was once the site of a Second World War spy school known as Camp X. Police believe the man found a wartime mortar shell from the 1940s.
Calder says that's why police called in a military bomb disposal unit from the Canadian Forces base in Trenton to detonate the bomb Wednesday.
If you ever come across something like a mortar shell, police ask that you contact them immediately.