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N.J. man finds undetonated World War II-era explosive in his backyard

An unexploded 75mm military projectile found in a New Jersey citizen's backyard on March 17, 2021. (Lower Township Police/Released)

A North Cape May, N.J. man discovered an unexploded World War II-era ordnance in his backyard Wednesday morning, police said.

The man, who lives on Washington Boulevard, was digging in the yard when he unearthed a 75mm military projectile around 11:30 a.m and flagged down an officer, according to a release from the Lower Township Police Department.

An unexploded 75mm military projectile found in a New Jersey citizen’s backyard on March 17, 2021. (Lower Township Police/Released)

More officers arrived, set up a safety perimeter, shut the roadway down and evacuated nearby residents, authorities said.

A short time later, a technician group from the Atlantic City Bomb Squad came out, removed the explosive and safely disposed of it in a “safe location,” police said. The area was deemed safe and residents were able to return home.

This marked the second time in the last seven days that an unexploded ordnance was found in Cape May County.

Two unexploded World War II-era ordnances found in a backyard of a Cape May property on Wednesday, March 10, were safely detonated at a nearby beach, officials said.

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