Live WWI-era artillery shell found in American Legion attic
Officials remain stumped over how a live World War I-era artillery shell ended up beneath the attic floorboards at an American Legion Post in Reseda.
The reported howitzer shell was discovered Wednesday during renovations at Post 308, in the 7300 block of Canby Avenue, said Sgt. David Medof of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Officers were called to the post and determined there was a chance the shell was live, Medof said, prompting an evacuation in the area.
After the bomb squad arrived on scene, they called in a crew of Marines from Camp Pendleton that was "better equipped" to handle the device.
The shell was removed about 11:30 p.m. and blown up in a safe location, authorities said.
Medof said police had no idea why the shell was in the attic. A man who answered the phone at the post Thursday afternoon declined to comment.
— Kate Mather