More military explosives found in St. Mary's state park

Newtowne Neck State Park will remain closed until additional surveys completed

January 07, 2012|By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun

Ten more World War II-era Navy artillery rounds have been found along the shore of a state park in Southern Maryland, the Office of the State Fire Marshal said Saturday.

Newtowne Neck State Park in Leonardtown was closed Friday after several pieces of "military ordnance" washed ashore over the past few days. Ten more shells were found Saturday in a 30 foot by 90 foot area of the St. Mary's County park. They were all made safe and removed.

A photo of a rusted shell found along the waterline was released earlier this week by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

The shell pictured was about the width of a dollar bill and twice its length. Anyone who sees a suspicious object on the shore should not touch it, leave the area immediately and file a report with police, the Fire Marshal said.

Authorities are conducting additional surveys of the shoreline to locate and remove any other weapons.

The park will reopen after the Maryland Park Service, State Fire Marshal and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers determine that all potentially dangerous ordnance items have been removed.

steve.kilar@baltsun.com

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