Commercial divers in Brooklyn claimed to have found what the Navy missed more than 50 years ago during a search that garnered national attention: nearly 1,500 live shells that were thrown overboard into the Narrows and Gravesend Bay.
The divers reportedly found eight World War Ii-era copper artillery shells -- designed to take down planes -- and nearly 1,500 large-caliber machine-gun shells designed to explode on contact.
Officials believe the ammunition was dumped into the bay during a military accident on March 4, 1954.
Experts tell the New York Post if the ammo is live, it could be dangerous to anyone who tries to move it.
The discovery also brings to question whether or not the city should move forward with plans to dredge in Gravesend Bay off Bensonhurst -- a mile south of the accident site -- to build a waste-transfer station, according to a Brooklyn Assemblyman.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times