Possible explosive found in city deemed inert

Aberdeen Proving Ground officials remove device from scrap metal company

September 30, 2004|By Ryan Davis | Ryan Davis,Sun Staff

Military personnel from Andrews Air Force Base today hauled away a 40- to 50-year-old inert bomb discovered over the weekend in a pile of mangled iron at an East Baltimore scrap yard.

The four-foot bomb which lacked fins, a fuse or explosives was discovered Sunday as workers at Cambridge Iron and Metal Co. were moving scrap, the facility's owner said. The workers set it aside and called military personnel at Aberdeen Proving Ground on Monday.

Inspectors arrived Wednesday at the facility near the 900 block of S. Kresson St. and hauled it away today, said owner Neal Shapiro. The company receives scrap from a number of clients, so officials don't know exactly where the bomb came from, he said.

Lt. Col. Steven McMahon of the Baltimore police described it as an aerial drop, high-explosive bomb.

The pile in which it was found probably hadn't been touched in 10 years, said supervisor Kenneth Eder. The company has contracts to take military scrap, but it does not typically receive ordnance, Shapiro said.

In May, a dozen bombs were discovered at a ship scrap yard on Baltimore's waterfront. They were revealed to be practice devices filled with concrete, but their unearthing led the state to close off the Harbor Tunnel and a section of Interstate 895 for about five hours.

Those bombs were found by construction workers clearing a former shipyard on the industrial Fairfield waterfront.

Baltimoresun.com staff and wire reports contributed to this story.

September 30, 2004, 4:32 PM EDT

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