World War II Artillery Shell Found in Scrap Yard

A worker discovered a 300-pound World War II artillery shell Wednesday at a Terminal Island scrap yard, authorities said.

A worker at the Hugo New Proler scrap metal yard at 901 New Dock St. found the shell in a metal heap about 9 a.m., Police Sgt. Bill Fletcher said. “We weren’t sure if it was live. There may have been enough charge to cause damage,” he said.

The Los Angeles Police Department’s bomb squad took the 6-foot shell to a vacant lot on Terminal Island and detonated it, Fletcher said. The origin of the shell was not immediately known.