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Unexploded bomb prompts closing of part of Vancouver Island park

Wickaninnish Bay in Pacific Rim National Park.

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Part of Pacific Rim National Park on the west coast of Vancouver Island has been closed to the public because bombs left over from the Second World War might be buried in the sand.

The closing follows the discovery of an unexploded bomb in the Wickaninnish Sand Dunes in February.

Parks Canada says the dunes were used for military practice in the 1940's and '50's before the park was created.

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It says after the live shell was found, the department of defence was called in to check the area and has recommended it be closed to the public until a more thorough examination can be done.

Parks Canada is warning anyone who might find an unexploded bomb to stay away from it, mark the location from a safe distance and call 911 or the police.

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