This Civil War era military projectile was discovered in the St. Andrew's Landfill Tuesday morning by county employees. State and military bomb technicians safely neutralized the device. (Photo: Md. State Fire Marshal)
CALIFORNIA, Md. (May 19, 2009)—Bomb technicians with the State Fire Marshal's Office Bomb Squad were called to the St. Mary's County Landfill located at 44595 St. Andrews Church Road this morning after employees found what appeared to be a military projectile.
Investigators learned that employees, while sifting through discarded metals, came across the projectile. Bomb technicians contacted the military for assistance after determining the projectile was a military round. Military explosive technicians with the 316th EOD Unit out of Andrews Air Force Base responded.
Further investigation determined the shell, which measured 16 inches long by 8 inches round was a civil war era projectile. The round was safely moved to a remote area where military bomb technicians, in conjunction with bomb technicians with the State Fire Marshal's Office Bomb Squad, safely countered charged the round.
The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office assisted with the operation.