1231 WES military ordnance

A military ordnance sits on a rock at Napatree Point on Christmas Day. The ordnance has since been removed. Photo courtesy Westerly Police Department

WESTERLY — A military ordnance discovered along Napatree Point on Christmas Day has been removed.

The ordinance, which was discovered by a caller who was walking the nearby beach, was not believed to be active, according to Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey. Lacey said the device was isolated as a precaution and taken from the site by members of the bomb squad with the Rhode Island State Fire Marshals Office.

“It’s not that uncommon to find them in that area,” Lacey said. “We have had calls like this occasionally since I’ve started my career. Typically there is no threat, but we would rather operate with an abundance of caution.”

According to police, officers and members of the Watch Hill Fire Department were dispatched to Napatree Point around 4 p.m. Lacey said officer were escorted by firefighters using an ATV and found the device just past the end of Fort Road. The device was found set on a rock, police said.

The device was isolated and examined by the bomb squad, which then secured it for transport to the state facility.


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