The area around the Police Department on Mechanic Street in Cape May Court House was evacuated about 4 pm Tuesday, September 16, after a resident walked into the lobby area of the Police Department and turned in an unexploded ordinance. Police vehicles and yellow tape closed off a several block area, including the Main Library, the Township Building and residential homes, as a precaution until it was determined if the shell was live and a danger to the community.
The Atlantic City Police Department's Bomb Squad responded to the local police's request for help, evaluated the ordinance, determined it was a World War II marking round, and inert.
The resident reported the ordinance was found by her son while fishing. According to the Police Department, ordinance is commonly found by commercial fisherman or can wash up on the shore. The Police recommend that anyone who finds what looks like unexploded military ordinance should call 911 to properly dispose of the ordinance, which can still be live even after long periods of time as long as the explosive has not gotten wet.
The episode created a lot of excitement while it lasted but, as the old saying goes, "All's well that ends well." And everyone involved deserves a good pat on the back.