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EOD clears 60+ year-old artillery from civilian home

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg's Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight responded to a call from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's office June 15 after a man reported a 75 mm artillery shell at a residence in Orcutt.

The man, who had the artillery shell in his home, did not know if it was live or not and wanted to dispose of it, according to the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron EOD flight. He called the sheriff's office, who in turn called the closest explosive ordnance disposal organization--the one at Vandenberg.

When EOD arrived at the house, the armor-piercing round was sitting on the driveway. The disposal team saw no need to wear a protective suit when picking up the shell, they said. 

The shell, which was brought back to base for disposal, was marked on its casing as being made in 1944.  It may be detonated as part of training, according to the EOD flight.