A Shanghai fisherman pulled his net in from the Yangtze River yesterday morning to find an iron box containing 16 anti-aircraft shells, Shanghai Daily reports.
The man, surnamed Li, was fishing near the Sanjia Harbor in the Pudong New Area when he dragged up the heavy, rusted box in his net around 8:00 a.m. Li took an ax to the box to look inside and immediately called police upon seeing the shells, which still contained gunpowder.
The fire brigade evacuated nearby residents and transferred the shells to a warehouse for dangerous materials. An expert with the brigade said that the shells, measuring 45 centimeters in length and seven centimeters in diameter, could be anti-aircraft artillery shells made in Shanghai and left over from the Battle of Shanghai, which ran from August 13 to November 9, 1937.
The shells were found in an area where many creeks connect with the Yangtze, and several wartime relics, including high explosive shells and a 50-centimeter torpedo, have been discovered in the water nearby before.
Just last week, an 11-year-old in Jiangsu province was washing his hands in a river when he came across a 26-centimeter-long bronze dagger dating back 3,000 years.