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April 25, 2010 (Lakeside) – An 11-year-old boy digging in the backyard of his home on Hillvale Lane in Lakeside Saturday evening unearthed a military shell measuring two and a half feet long and possibly live. Lakeside firefighters responded to the scene and evacuated the boy’s family and a neighboring family.

The Sheriff’s arson and bomb unit removed the unexploded military ordnance from the scene. The shell was believed to  be a 75 mm or 3 inch round, according to the responding Bomb Arson deputy, Lakeside Fire District Engineer Carl Chiodo reported on the Lakeside Fire blog.


Beck Strohm, a Sheriff's dispatcher, told East County Magazine this evening that the bomb squad did not detonate the device. "It was a dud," she said.


Residents had no idea how the shell got there or how long it may have been buried in their yard.


Strohm speculated that the shell may have been buried by a prior occupant of the home. "You would be surprised what some people collect," she concluded.

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