WINNIPEG – It’s a mystery that even has a television producer from the History interested.
David O’Keefe is a military historian and author as well.
He spoke to 680 CJOB about the shell dug up by construction crews yesterday on Mayfair Avenue.
Police wouldn’t say how old it is, but O’Keefe has a theory.
“It does look like it’s either a WW1 or a WW2 shell because of the design and it seems to be sizable. What you would call, in WW1 an eight inch shell, or perhaps a WW2 7.2-inch shell. Both of them packed one hell of a wallop,” O’Keefe told 680 CJOB.
The bomb unit dealt with the situation safely.
O’Keefe says it’s something that happens all the time in Europe but is a very rare find in Canada.
It’s unclear how the unexploded ammo wound up buried there, but there was a military barracks nearby years ago.
(Photo: Winnipeg Police Service)