A Florida man who attempted to sell a WWI anti-ship round at a pawn shop stopped traffic when authorities were called to the scene.
According to the North Port Police Department, a man attempted to sell the antique missile at a pawn shop, where the man was told that the item could be dangerous. Missiles usually are.
The man then called police.
The North Port Police Department said it was alerted to the potentially dangerous item around 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
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The resulting chaos created hours of traffic jams when northbound 41 traffic was rerouted so the U.S. Air Force could safely inspect the “suspicious item.”
Explosive experts with the North Port Police Department, the Sarasota Police Department, and MacDill Air Force base responded and took possession of the missile without incident.
“The device found turned out to be a WWI anti-ship personnel round which had never been fired,” police said.