Apparent munitions found in scrap at Queen Creek steel mill

Mesa authorities used a robot to examine what are described as artillery shells and other possible munitions found in scrap at a steel recycling business near Germann and Meridian Roads.
 
Firefighters and police bomb technicians responded after workers spotted the items in a pile of scrap metal Wednesday morning.
 
Fire Capt. Forrest Smith says the shells apparently were small enough to go unnoticed in a load delivered to CMC Steel Arizona's mill.
 
Smith and police Detective Steve Berry say personnel at the scene treated the items as possibly being live munitions until they determined otherwise.

"Crews investigating found many rounds (80 mm) at this location. Exact number could be over a hundred. Only one at this time appears to be live. Luke Air Force base sent a munitions crew over to evaluate. They are mobilizing a larger group to go through all of the rounds to verify they are safe. The one potential live round was taken away. Plant was shut down for maintenance today so operations were not affected. The crew from Luke expects to finish tomorrow," stated Smith.
 
The business is located in a rural area on the edge of Mesa.
 
CMC Steel Arizona is part of Commercial Metals Co. based in Irving, Texas.






The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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