Old artillery shell discovery temporarily shut Florida A1A in Yulee
By DAN SCANLAN | The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville | Published: January 9, 2018
YULEE, Fla. (Tribune News Service) — A construction crew’s discovery of a rusted mortar shell along Florida A1A in Yulee Tuesday morning caused a shutdown and traffic jam detour until military experts safely removed it, according to the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office.
The 60-mm shell, similar to those used by infantry soldiers from World War II through the Vietnam War, was dug up early Tuesday near the River of Praise Worship Center on St. Mark Drive, just south of A1A, the Sheriff’s Office said. Described as military ordnance, the mortar shell was so rusted it was difficult to see its stabilizing fins and appeared to have been there a long time.
Staff from Georgia’s Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base bomb squad checked the shell and declared it safe.
A 2.4-mile stretch of A1A was shut down between Miner Road and Chester Road during the investigation, traffic diverted through Pages Dairy Road from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. and causing some major traffic congestion in the area, the Sheriff’s Office said.