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Decades-old smoke bomb found behind Crescentwood home

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Construction workers building a new house in an older neighbourhood dug up a souvenir smoke bomb from the First or Second World War late this afternoon.

At first, Wes Friesen wasn’t sure what the rusted metal device was when it was uncovered behind the home he’s building at the corner of Dudley Avenue and Guelph Street. He called the police who alerted the bomb squad and cordoned off the area. Police identified the object as a military device and contacted the Canadian Forces, he said.

Friesen took a photo of the device with his cellphone and showed the members of the military when they arrived. He said they believed it was a smoke bomb from the First or Second World War that would’ve been used for practice and someone may have taken it home as a souvenir.

The military officers put the device in a container and took it away.

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