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WWI ordnance brought to Bluffton Police Dept

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In the Lowcountry, a surreal situation happened Monday for emergency responders.

A man walked into the Bluffton Police Department and told officers he had some old military ordnance he wanted to get rid of.

It didn't take long after 9 a.m. for Bluffton Police to set up a perimeter around this entire area off of Buckwalter Parkway.

People were told to stay inside the buildings but no evacuations were ordered.

Georgia native Dan Peschel was shopping next door.

"I almost suspected that it was an exercise of some sort," he said.

Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad and the Marine Corps Air Station's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team arrived on scene and determined it was in fact military ordnance that could date back as far as WWI.

We're told the ordnance has been in the man's family for years, making its way down from New York to Beaufort County in 2005.

A little after 1:30 p.m. Monday, the ordnance was removed from the man's vehicle and the scene was cleared.

WTOC was told the live ordnance was being taken to a military facility for disposal but the specifics were not given.

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