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PAPE‘ETE, Tahiti, French Polynesia (January 4, 2002 – Tahitipresse)--- French army specialists destroyed an old 120 mm (48 inch) U.S. shell Friday, December 28, on Taha‘a (Leeward Islands).

This shell had been fired by U.S. troops stationed in Bora Bora, a few miles away, during World War II. Troops were stationed there from 1942 to 1946.

The unexploded shell had been stored by what officials considered an "irresponsible" Taha‘a family. The rusty shell still contained a large amount of explosives.

During the 1942-1946 period, U.S. soldiers practiced firing ammunition while on Bora Bora. Some of the shells went off course and reached the northwest of neighboring Taha‘a.

Police reminded inhabitants not to keep old shells and to call on the appropriate authorities to remove them.

For additional reports from Tahiti Press, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Other News Sources: Agence Tahitienne de Presse.

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