WWI artillery shells found in bags at Chicago airport

U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) photo shows two military-grade shells in checked...

U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) photo shows two military-grade shells in checked baggage at Chicago O'Hare International Airport on April 7, 2014 and released on April 8, 2014. (REUTERS/TSA/Handout via Reuters)

Reuters

, Last Updated: 1:09 PM ET

CHICAGO - Two First World War 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.


U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) photo shows two military-grade shells in checked baggage at Chicago O'Hare International Airport on April 7, 2014 and released on April 8, 2014. (REUTERS/TSA/Handout via Reuters)

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

No charges have been filed against the teens.


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