Pre-World War II ammunition unearthed in Tehran

Pre-World War II ammunition unearthed in Tehran
Pre-World War II ammunition unearthed in Tehran

Up to 180 artillery and mortar rounds dating back to pre-WWII era have been found in a neighborhood in the Iranian capital.

An August 23, 2014 issue of Haft-e Sobh, a Farsi-language daily that among other things covers social and urban news, reported that a cache of artillery and mortar rounds dating back to World War II has been found in Tehran. The following is an excerpt of the report:

At 10:30 a.m. Thursday [August 21], a 110 [the police emergency number in Iran] dispatcher received a call from a construction worker that he and his colleague had stumbled upon a cache of old ammunition in a well at a construction site near the capital’s Fatemi Square and that his friend was still inside the well fearing any movement might result in an explosion. […]

Police and rescue workers rushed to the construction site […] and ordered the cul-de-sac in which the construction site was located to be evacuated. At 2 p.m. the operation to remove the rounds from a depth of 12 meters got underway. […] It ended at around 11:30 p.m. […]

Meanwhile [Tehran Police Chief] Brig. Gen. Hossein Sajedinia said the rounds are believed to date back to 1935 before the Second World War broke out. […]

Police double-checked the site on Friday and sealed it off. […]

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