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Marines investigating how missing artillery rounds turned up near a barracks

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The US Marines are currently trying to figure out how several artillery shells managed to go missing and turn up near a barracks at Camp Pendleton, California.

The 155mm projectiles were found in the Las Pulgas area, prompting local lockdowns and a response by Navy EOD personnel.

The incident took place on October 19, and operations continued until October 21.

“At approximately 12:10 p.m. on Thursday, October 21, EOD personnel safely destroyed the [unexploded ordnance],” base spokesman Capt. David Mancilla told Task & Purpose.

Days later, more 155mm shells turned up and were destroyed by EOD.

“The investigation is ongoing and no additional details are available at this time,” Mancilla said.

The incident is rather concerning, given a history of items -ranging from artillery shells to small arms munitions- being stolen from the base for commercial sale in the past.

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