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Explosives experts from CFB Comox detonate mortar round near Long Beach
A Second World War mortar round was encased in sandbags prior to being destroyed Sunday near Long Beach by members of 19 Explosives Disposal Flight from CFB Comox.
The sandbags were placed around the unexploded mortar round to protect members of the EDF team and to prevent shrapnel from spraying into ecologically sensitive areas of the park reserve. The sandbags were picked up and the area swept for shrapnel before the team returned to Comox.
Personnel from 19 Explosives Disposal Flight (19 EDF) safely destroyed the mortar round in the Long Beach area of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
The unexploded mortar round was discovered in the Wickaninnish Sand Dunes by a Parks Canada volunteer who was helping staff with the restoration of the sand dune ecosystem. Upon discovering the two-inch, high-explosive round, they immediately marked its position with GPS co-ordinates and called the 19 Wing Comox Operations Centre to report the find.
To report findings, contact local law enforcement or the 19 Wing Operations Centre at 1-866-488-0889.
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