NEW YORK (WCBS 880) —  The Coast Guard has banned boats from the area near the base of the Verrazano Bridge where 1,500 live anti-aircraft shells are sitting at the bottom of Gravesend Bay.

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The shells reportedly fell off a military barge 55 years ago. Assemblyman William Colton says he spoke to someone who was there when that military mishap happened.

“He told me that the barge broke away fully loaded and they couldn’t locate it, they couldn’t find it until the next morning when they found it in Rockaway Beach turned upside down with all the shells missing,” said Colton.

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Depending on who you ask, it’s the Army or the Navy’s responsibility to get the bombs out of the water, but that looks less likely now that the Coast Guard is enforcing a no boating zone.

Either way, Colton says he’s glad something is being done. “I’m very happy that action is being taken to safeguard the wellbeing of the people in this area,” he said.

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