World War II-era Shell Casing Found in Gainesville Backyard
Published April 29th, 2014
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- What started out as a typical day in the garden could have turned out to be explosive for one North Central Florida resident over the weekend.
Sarah Wildmon of east Gainesville was digging in her backyard on Saturday when she says she unearthed what initially appeared to be part of an old brass pipe.
Upon closer look, she realized it was something much more.
After doing some research, Wildmon discovered the "pipe" is actually a shell casing from a World War II-era anti-aircraft round dating back to 1944.
"It just kind of came up with the loose dirt around the back of my window," said Wildmon, who says she plans to be a little more vigilant the next time she gardens.
"I'll definitely be more aware of what I'm digging through. And I think I'll be disappointed if I don't find anything else out there," she said.
Wildmon says many of the frame homes in her neighborhood were moved to their current location via rail car from Camp Blanding -- possibly one indication as to how that round ended up there.
A member of the Alachua County Historical Commission says the round may be leftover from training runs made by planes back when the Gainesville Regional Airport was an airfield for the army.
Either way, Wildmon says she plans to hold onto the relic for a long time to come.
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