A massive piece of military ammunition was found by workers in the backyard of a Little Ferry home Tuesday morning, prompting local cops to call in the Bergen County Bomb Squad.
A supervisor for Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County spotted the rusty, arm-sized weaponry while working on repairs at a Hurricane Sandy-damaged home on Lakeside Avenue, according to Jacey Raimondo, the group’s executive director.
The supervisor promptly got everyone off the property and called 911, Raimondo said. Little Ferry Police arrived and radioed for the county bomb squad, the local fire department and ambulance corps.
The Bergen County Bomb Squad quickly removed the ordnance, but did not detonate it. They were unaware of whether or not the device, which appeared to be an artillery shell, contained active explosives, Raimondo said.
Officials were working with the military’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit to properly dispose of the shell, Bergen County Police Sgt. John LaDuca told The Record.
The homeowner found the device in the backyard when she bought the home almost a decade ago, but thought nothing of it, she told the newspaper.
Ann Piccirillo contributed reporting.