GALLERY: Large number of artillery shells found buried in Tallinn bog

Over 160 large-caliber artillery shells discovered buried in Pääsküla bog on the outskirts of Tallinn earlier this month were recently dug up, removed and destroyed.

The Estonian Rescue Board were first notified of the find by amateur archaeologists, after which EOD specialists of the Northern Estonian bomb squad spent a week digging up 167 and a half large-caliber artillery shells from a 50-meter-long area in the bog.

The 15.5-centimeter artillery shells of French origin had been buried in the bog at an unknown point in time and laid buried in an area popular with walkers for decades.

"Such finds are fairly unusual for EOD specialists, and Pääsküla bog as the location for such a find is not exactly typical for us either," said Raido Taalman, head of the Estonian Rescue Board's North Estonian bomb squad.

The shells were transported to the Central Training Ground of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) in Lääne-Viru County for disposal, as Harju County lacks a site with the necessary conditions for disposing of such a large number of explosive devices safely.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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