ORLANDO, Fla. - A construction crew on Thursday afternoon discovered more than three dozen military shell casings near Orlando Fashion Square, the Orlando Fire Department said.
Police said they were called shortly after 2 p.m. to a construction site at Maguire Boulevard and McCullough Avenue.
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Firefighters had initially described the ordnance as shells larger than 50 calibers that were possibly a type of grenade.
The Fire Department's bomb squad was also called, but firefighters backed out of the area and called Patrick Air Force Base experts to the site to inspect the objects. Those experts took the shells.
The area was home to ammunition depots during World War II and after the war. The nearby Baldwin Park development was built on land that was once the Orlando Naval Training Center.
A portion of the mall's parking lot was closed as a precaution. The discovery also caused traffic congestion in the area.
No other details were given.
Around 2pm today, our Arson/Bomb Squad & HazMat Team responded to a construction site where more than 3 dozen military shell casings were unearthed without incident. Patrick Air Force Base is now in possession of the them. pic.twitter.com/0rlYzYNuVv— Orlando Fire Dept (@OrlandoFireDept) March 15, 2018
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