A man brought an antique howitzer shell into a Philadelphia police department, causing a scare Saturday. His intentions were innocent, though. After receiving the shell from a Marine friend in 1977, the man decided to turn it in to authorities for precautionary reasons. He should have called ahead.
Philadelphia police district headquarters were evacuated once the howitzer shell entered the building. The city bomb squad came and removed the device to a disposal site. They say all indications are that the shell was live.