Teens Find Unloaded Artillery Shell In River


THAT’S TONIGHT ON THE CBS EVENING NEWS. TWO FRIENDS OUT MAGNET FISHING ON THE MON RIVER OVER THE WEEKEND PULLED OUT A RUSTED UNLOADED SHELL. NOW THE BIG QUESTION, WHERE DID IT COME FROM? Reporter: YOU JUST NEVER KNOW WHAT YOUR MAGNET WILL PULL UP FROM THE RIVER. JUST ASK THESE TWO. IT WAS DEFINITELY AN AWESOME FIND. Reporter: THE TWO WERE MAGNET FISHING OVER THE WEEKEND NEAR THE HOMESTEAD GRAYS BRIDGE ALONG THE MON RIVER. WE DIDN’T KNOW WHAT IT WAS BECAUSE IT WAS COMPLETELY RUSTED COVERED IN SLUDGE. IT TOOK US LIKE THREE TRIES TO GET IT. IT KEPT SLIPPING OFF THE MAGNET BECAUSE IT WAS SO BOTTOM HEAVY. Reporter: WHEN THEY CLEANED IT OFF, THE TWO GOT A BETTER IDEA WHAT THEY HAD FOUND, AN ARTILLERY SHELL. HOW LONG HAD IT BEEN IN THE MON RIVER AND HOW DID IT GET THERE? AFTER TALKING TO EXPERTS AT THE HEINZ HISTORY CENTER I WAS ABLE TO GET SOME POSSIBLE EXPLANATIONS. COULD IT HAVE COME FROM THE B- 25 BOMBER THAT CRASHED IN THE MON RIVER BACK ON JANUARY 31st, 1956? THAT PLANE WAS NEVER FOUND AND REMAINS AN UNSOLVED MYSTERY. TWO OF THE SIX CREW MEMBERS DIED, THEIR BODIES RECOVERED MONTHS LATER. YEAH. I HAD HEARD ABOUT A PLANE. I DIDN’T KNOW IT WAS A BOMBER, BUT I HAD HEARD ONE HAD WENT IN THE RIVER. Reporter: POSSIBILITY NO. 2, COULD THE SHELL HAVE COME FROM THE OLD HAYES ARMY AMMUNITION PLANT THAT MANUFACTURED 105-MILLIMETER SHELLS FROM 1942 UNTIL 1970? THE PLANT MADE 250,000 OF THOSE SHELLS FOR MONTHS. HERE’S WHAT THE HISTORY CENTER THINKS. EXPERTS BELIEVE IT IS AN UNLOADED MOST WORLD WAR II AMERICAN HOWITZER 105- MILLIMETER SHELL. IT IS UNLIKELY TO HAVE COME FROM THAT B25 BOMBER BECAUSE IT DOESN’T APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN ON THE FLOOR OF THE MON RIVER MORE THAN 60 YEARS. BEST GUESS? SOMEONE DUMPED THE SHELL THERE IN RECENT YEARS, YET ANOTHER

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