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WWI artillery shells found in luggage at O’Hare

This Monday April 7 2014 phoprovided by TransportatiSecurity Administrati(TSA) shows two World War I artillery shells discovered by baggage screeners

This Monday, April 7, 2014 photo provided by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) shows two World War I artillery shells discovered by baggage screeners in checked luggage that arrived on a flight from London at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. The TSA says the bags belonged to a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old who were returning from a school field trip to Europe. A bomb disposal crew determined the shells were inert and no one was ever in danger. The teens were questioned then allowed to travel onward. They weren't charged. (AP Photo/Transportation Security Administration)

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Updated: April 8, 2014 1:05PM



Two teens returning from a school field trip to Europe tried to bring a bombshell pair of souvenirs home as they traveled through Chicago.

But the World War I artillery shells they allegedly grabbed in France are now in the hands of the Transportation Security Administration.

Baggage screeners found the shells in the teenagers’ checked luggage Monday afternoon at O’Hare International Airport after they arrived on a United flight from London’s Heathrow Airport, according to the TSA.

The teenagers — a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old — were transferring to a flight to Seattle.

TSA spokesman James McKinney described the shells as French World War I-era 75 mm artillery shells. He said a bomb disposal crew determined the shells were inert and no one was ever in danger.

McKinney said the teens told law enforcement they got the shells at a French World War I artillery range near a museum that collects military memorabilia.

The teens were questioned and then allowed to travel onward. They weren’t charged.
McKinney said the shells will be sent to the explosive ordinance disposal team at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane in Indiana.

Contributing: Associated Press



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