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Anti-aircraft Round Removed From Property in Vershire

Vershire — A 57-millimeter anti-aircraft round was removed from a property in Vershire after the property’s owner found the device under a pile of leaves.

A property owner on Taylor Valley Road found the device around 3:30 p.m. on Friday near an old house foundation in the woods. State Trooper Chuck Schulze said he has no idea how long the device had been there or where it came from.

The Vermont National Guard Explosives Ordnance Disposal Team was called to the scene and arrived around 9 p.m.

After examining the device for several minutes, the two National Guard members safely removed it and plan to examine it further, Schulze said.

“They knew what it was right off the bat,” Schulze said.

Schulze said he didn’t know if the device was capable of exploding, but the National Guard members said there was no immediate safety concern to the public. “They knew it wasn’t something that any kind of movement would set it off.”

The device resembled a metal thermos bottle, Schulze said.

— Staff report