Paris: nearly 150 World War II shells found in the Seine

By Graziella L. Posted Aug 6, 2022 3:09 PM

We always find surprising things in the Seine… This time, the divers of the river brigade recovered 154 shells dating from the Second World War, at the level of the quay of Austerlitz.

The legend of items found in the Seine continues to grow, as more than 150 World War II shells were found in the river, near the quai d’Austerlitz, in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. The divers of the river brigade of the Directorate of Public Order and Traffic of the Prefecture of Police de Paris collected them for two days, on an area equivalent to a football field.

A discovery that could have been dangerous for magnet fishing enthusiasts who have given the alert. Fortunately, the parts had no ignition system. Ammunition, including several dozen cartridges were also picked up during the operation.

Magnet fishing has been prohibited since 2019 without authorization from the administrative authority, and strongly not recommended in the river for these treasure seekers. But the police officers of the river brigade nevertheless indicate that in the event of discovery of this kind, it is important not to handle anything and to call for help as soon as possible.

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