Lincolnshire county council has issued a warning to residents after Second World War shells, explosive caps, and ammunition for guns and shotguns were deposited at HWRCs across the county in recent weeks.
According to the council, staff at Boston HWRC found a number of Second World War artillery shells in a scrap bin on Sunday (14 May) and, in March, found a number of live gun caps, causing the site to be closed to the public twice.
Ian Taylor, waste services team leader at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Luckily our staff spotted these dangerous items and then took swift action to make the site safe.
“Safety of our staff and residents using the site is of paramount importance to us, so we worked with the Police and relevant agencies to ensure the shells were moved off site as quickly and safely as possible destroyed in an appropriate manner.
“On the occasions when people do bring these items onto our sites – it puts our staff and residents in extreme danger. We would urge people, instead of bringing these items to the HWRC, to call the Police on 101 for advice on how they can dispose of them.”
The council said that earlier this month a number of live rifle rounds were handed in at its Grantham HWRC and shot gun cartridges were found at its Louth HWRC.
A council spokesperson said that the RAF bomb squad is called to dispose of the live shells. Items which are handed in – such as shotgun shells – are given to the Police.
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