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(Enlarge) Pre-Korean War era ordnance, high-explosive round

Fort Meade officials cordoned off an area near MacArthur Road and Ernie Pyle Street on Monday to investigate materials found by a contractor on the scene.

Subcontractors for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. were digging at the intersection when they uncovered what they believed to be an unexploded ordnance.

Police set a perimeter around the area and awaited the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team from Fort Belvoir, Va. As a result, the area was closed to school bus and pedestrian traffic for about two hours, beginning about 1 p.m.

Post personnel rerouted school busses and other traffic, and assisted students walking home from school.

The 55th EOD Company took possession of the ordnance and deemed the area safe at 3:15 p.m. The ordnance was later identified as a pre-Korean War era ordnance, high-explosive round.

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