People searching for shells at Folly Beach may have been taken aback by the discovery of a different kind of shell. The area around Folly Beach County Park was evacuated on Tuesday so that two World War II mortar shells could be safely detonated.
WCIV-TV reports emergency crews closed the beach after a beachgoer found them around 2:45 p.m. Lifeguards were informed and Folly Beach’s public safety and fire offices were notified. A call was then made to the Charleston County and SLED bomb squads and the U.S. Air Force who came to the scene.
Officials say the county park area was once used as an artillery range during the last world war. Natural beach erosion exposed the shells after being underground for close to 70 years.