Allenhurst, New Jersey – A beach replenishment project in New Jersey yielded to a great number of WWI ammo boosters turnaround – century-year-old war artifacts the size of batteries – resulting to workers turning to metal detectors to locate and remove them.
Furthermore, officials have warned the public that if they do find one of these WWI ammo boosters, they should promptly alert the authorities. However, Corps spokesman Chris Gardner gave the assurance that they are doing a thorough surface sweep of the beach using metal detectors to find anything and have them removed.
Gardner went on to say that while the WWI ammo boosters were part of the projectiles fired by howitzers, they were not bombs. Nevertheless, the office said that though the boosters are not armed, they may contain vintage explosives making them public threats.
“We don’t want to overplay the risk, but we don’t want to underplay it either. They are not a bomb, but they are not a toy. These are not something to be taken home as an interesting find,” he stated.
So far, workers have found over 90 C battery-sized WWI ammo boosters for howitzer projectiles along the Allenhurst and Loch Arbour area, said the US Army Corps of Engineers.
This recent discovery of WWI ammo boosters marks the first time munition parts ended up on the beach after the corps added a screen process to its sand dredging process way back in 2007. However, the beach ending up with war artifacts during replenishment projects is not uncommon at all. As a matter of fact, the screen process was added because over a thousand pieces of unexploded ordnance ended up on the beach of Surf City after the Corps undertook the same project that year.
The Corps hopes that all WWI ammo boosters will be removed come Memorial Day Weekend. Meanwhile, the entire sand replenishment project – done after super storm Sandy – is expected to be completed by July.