On Wednesday, September 26, 2018, around 3pm, Kentucky State Police Post 8 Morehead was contacted by a Powell County Deputy regarding a World War I British artillery shell in the Stanton community of Powell County. The deputy was contacted by the owner of the projectile, who believed it to be live and dangerous. The Kentucky State Police’s Hazardous Devices Unit was alerted and contacted the 123rd Air National Guard Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit, which is protocol in destroying military grade munitions. The projectile was located in the garage of a residence in Stanton and was owned by a private citizen, who purchased it 30 years ago. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit arrived on scene around 6pm and determined that the shell was live and should be destroyed. Prior to moving the projectile, KSP Hazardous Devices advised Post 8 and the Powell County 911 dispatch center that the device would be removed and detonated. The ordnance was transported to a remote location and destroyed by detonation, in accordance with protocol, around 8:30pm.
Live WWI Artillery Shell Destroyed in Powell County
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