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Old Ammo Found Under Verrazano Bridge

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Verrazano Narrows Bridge (credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Verrazano Narrows Bridge (credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Coast Guard says experts are working to recover unexploded ammunition found last weekend under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.

Spokesman Charles Rowe says “it’s highly unlikely” terrorism was involved due to the age of the items.

Rowe says they’re “not volatile.”

But he adds: “I’m not saying they’re not dangerous.”

Rowe declined to pinpoint the location, but says it’s not in a shipping channel or common fishing area.

The bridge connects Staten Island with Brooklyn.

About 12 to 15 artillery shells and a larger number of machine gun shells were found.

Their source is unknown. Rowe couldn’t confirm it came from a 1954 barge accident. That’s what the commercial diver who found it Sunday believed.

The Navy, Army Corps of Engineers and police also are involved.

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