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Military bomb squad denonates mortar shell found near Second World War spy school in Oshawa

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.

Man with metal detector found it in Intrepid Park, former site of Camp X

This mortar shell was found at the former site of the Camp X spy school and detonated by members of Canadian Forces Base in Trenton Wednesday morning. (Durham Regional Police/Twitter)

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.

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