AMHERST – Waste disposal can be hard to keep straight. Paper definitely goes in recycling, and so does plastic. But what about bombs?
What may be an unexploded mortar round has surfaced at Bordertown Recycling on McCully Street in the Industrial Park. A police officer on the scene couldn’t say for sure what the object was.
“Well, I don’t know. I’m not a bomb man,” said Const. Reid of the Amherst Police Department.
He offered a guess, saying it might be a First or Second World War mortar shell.
A police cruiser was parked perhaps 20 metres or more from the object, which lay in the dirt just outside a round metal hut. Employees continued to work in a neighbouring building in the yard. Media were warned not to approach the suspect item, and kept at a distance of maybe 100 feet.
Reid said the Department of Defense had been notified, and a contingent from DND was expected in a couple of hours (coming from Halifax).
Barry Burke, operations manager of the facility, which is owned by Moncton-based Tri-province Enterprises, said it arrived in a load yesterday. When it was discovered, head office was called, and head office contacted the police (Const. Reid said a call came in at 9 a.m.).
The facility just opened in March.
“This is the first time here,” said Burke, when asked if an item like a mortar round had ever been dropped off before.
A rep for Tri-province and the police both emphasized that hazardous materials like a mortar round should be dealt with by phoning the police.