A three-foot long "rocket" lying in a Waywayseecappo yard was a spent military shell and harmless, although an army bomb squad blew it up anyway.
The device, which was first unearthed three years ago during yard work, had been sitting around in Bernadette Sumner's yard for over a year. She told the Brandon Sun that police thought it was a joke when she first asked them to check it out, but they took it seriously this week.
An RCMP officer dropped by to take a look at the shell on Wednesday afternoon.
"Then we got worried because he said it looked like something dangerous," Sumner said.
RCMP said they were advised on what appeared to be some type of explosive device located in the backyard of a home situated on Highway 45 at about 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
They spent much of that night and Thursday guarding the area, waiting for the bomb disposal unit to come, according to Sumner.
Cpl. Gord Lethbridge of the Wayway RCMP was dumbfounded when he saw what is described as a military shell.
"I have never come across anything like this before," he said Thursday. "We don’t know what it is."
However, police said Friday morning that the suspicious device had been identified as a military round casing. It did did not contain any explosive.
The casing was taken to a secluded off-site area and with the assistance of the Royal Canadian Air Force Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit, the round was safely destroyed.