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Explosive Disposal Unit called to Niagara on the Lake to handle found artillery shell

Retired police officer discovered the World War 2 era artillery shell in Lake Ontario

On June 1, 2021 at 4:45 p.m. 2 District – Niagara Falls/Niagara on the Lake uniformed officers responded to Niagara on the Lake for a possible found explosive.

Officers arrived on scene in the area of Lakeshore Road and Old Lakeshore Road and met with a member of the public. Officers learned that the member of the public (a retired police officer) had been using a bathyscope in the shallows of Lake Ontario.

Approximately 50 feet into the water, the member of the public discovered what they believed to be a World War 2 era artillery shell.

The Niagara Regional Police Service Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU) was called to the scene. The shell was moved to the beach to be investigated further. The shell had deteriorated significantly over time. 

At approximately 9 p.m., out of an abundance of caution, EDU officers used explosives to destroy the shell.

The area west of the Niagara on the Lake Range historically was also used for World War 2 era training. With the rich military history of parts of Niagara, members of the public who discover possible explosives or ammunitions should not touch it and contact the police immediately.