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Del. Seafood Facility Evacuated After Military Ordnance Found

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Seafood Watch International in Milford is shown Friday, June 29, 2012. (Photo: WBOC Chopper 16) Seafood Watch International in Milford is shown Friday, June 29, 2012. (Photo: WBOC Chopper 16)

MILFORD, Del. (WBOC/AP)- Authorities are investigating the discovery of a military explosive containing mustard gas, which prompted the evacuation of a Delaware seafood plant.

The device was discovered Friday morning on the assembly line of the Sea Watch International clam processing facility on Road 14 in Milford. Authorities said five employees were taken to a local hospital as a precautionary measure for exposure to mustard gas, which leaked from the device.

"They dig up clams in the ocean and sometimes you can bring up ordnances from WWI and WWII and this one happened to have mustard gas inside of it and it leaked out. And there were a couple of employees they took to the hospital for exposure," said Ryan Knowles, Carlisle Fire Company.

Responding to the incident included an explosive ordnance disposal unit from the Dover Air Force Base, which was assisted by state police and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

Army experts from Fort Meade in Odenton, Md., were later called to the plant to remove the ordnance, which was described as a 50-caliber round dating back to World War I or II.

Several years ago, scores of unexploded shells found mixed in with crushed clamshells used to pave driveways and parking lots in Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore were traced to loads of clams dredged from the ocean floor and delivered to the Milford plant.

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