More Explosives Found Near Seattle's Cruise Ship Terminal

Port of Seattle divers have brought up more World War II era ammunition near Seattle's cruise ship terminal, a major embarkation point for Alaska cruises.

Divers inspecting pilings at the port this week brought to the surface a projectile, reports King 5 News.

Explosive experts from the U.S. Army were called in to inspect the find, and sources tell the news outlet they suspect it was live, but extensive corrosion makes a decisive determination difficult.

As previously reported, investigators have found other underwater World War II munitions including live rounds, about 30 to 40 feet from Pier 91, where the recently opened Smith Cove Cruise Terminal is located.

During a routine security sweep in September, near the end of the high-traffic Alaska cruise season, a Port of Seattle Police Dive Team brought up training rounds and projectiles, and at least a few of these, according to a report obtained by the news outlet, had "live rounds containing h-e (high explosives) material."

Earlier, in similar sweeps in April and May, the divers had discovered empty shell casings.

It's believed the ammunition was there because Pier 91 served as a navy supply depot from WWII to 1971. Among ships coming and going from the pier were the USS Missouri and military transport vessels.

King 5 says records show five cruise ships carrying thousands of passengers, including two Holland America Line vessels, visited the pier in September, after the live munitions were brought to the surface.

The Port of Seattle says it was advised by the Coast Guard and Navy that Pier 91 was safe.

Officials from the Port Of Seattle, Navy, Army and Coast Guard are hurrying to develop a plan for a full survey and possible cleanup, the news outlet says.
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