While Wildwood is known to have plenty of arcades full of fake guns and ammo, what was found on the beach on West Pine Avenue last Saturday certainly didn’t come from an arcade. At around 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, a report was made that someone had found ammunition.
Police quickly arrived at the scene and after close examination the ammunition found was anything but ordinary.
The ammunition has been identified as a 120mm projectile dating from the era of WWII. It also turned out to be a live bullet and luckily was safely removed from the premises. This is not the first time in a long time that ammunition has been found. In March, two unexploded devices were found in a Cape May backyard. Although these devices are very old and may seem unusable, it is important to avoid approaching them if you have found one.
If you find ammo anywhere, whether it’s on the beach or in your own backyard, there are some simple steps you can take to make sure it is safely removed from the area and won’t harm anyone. The first thing to do is stay calm and call your local police department. They will contact bomb inspectors who know how to handle explosives. It is important that you stay away from the explosive and most importantly, do not try to bury it. These devices are extremely dangerous and it is not known what will trigger them.
While it might be cool to find a piece of history in your backyard, it won’t be so cool if it hurts someone.
The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Judi Franco. All opinions expressed are those of Judi Franco.