Sheriff's Office finds explosive in landfill

Explosive was older military ordnance


PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. – A bomb disposal team was called out to the Putnam County Landfill Monday evening after the Putnam County Sheriff's Office received a call around 5:10 p.m. about an explosive device that was found in the landfill.

According to officials, the St. Johns County Explosive Ordnance team went out to the landfill and found a 155 mm military ordnance round which the team detonated as a precautionary measure.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office said after a check with military personnel, and an X-ray of the shell, it was determined that the object was indeed a shrapnel shell that still contained shrapnel, but did not have a fuse to detonate it.

The Sheriff's Office said that if the round had been live and had it exploded it would only have had a blast radius of about 100 meters, which meant that it would not have been a danger to anyone outside that blast radius.

It has not been determined who left the shell at the landfill, deputies said.