Children in Nevada survived an attempt to open an explosive dating back to World War II.
The children were playing in the desert near Boulder City when they dug up a "suspicious device" on Monday, according to the Boulder City Police Department. The children initially thought the item to be an old can of food and attempted to open it, but upon seeing the label inside identifying the item as an explosive, they brought it to their parents, who then called the police.
Experts from Nellis Air Force Base Explosive Ordnance Disposal were called in to handle the device and identified it as an "AN-M120 Bomb Fuse" that dated back to May 1944, which they then disposed of.
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The explosive would have still been considered live if armed and was well preserved in the metal encasement, according to police.
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Those same experts swept the area where the explosive was buried and found no others.
"Police strongly encourage citizens to contact us when locating any similar suspicious objects in the desert and to not move or touch the objects," officials said in a press statement.