World War One artillery shells found in bags at Chicago airport

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 08, 2014 5:01 PM

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Two World War One artillery shells packed in the checked baggage of two American teenagers returning from a European trip were confiscated by security officers at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

The 75-mm military grade shells, which were determined to be inert, were discovered after the teens arrived from London on Monday and were headed for a connecting flight home to Seattle, a Transportation Security Administration official said.

The teens, aged 16 and 17, told law enforcement they got the shells from a French World War One artillery range located next to a museum that collects war memorabilia, the TSA official said.

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No charges have been filed against the teens.

(Reporting by Barbara Goldberg; editing by Gunna Dickson)