Last week, the river brigade of the public order and traffic department (DOPC) of the Paris police headquarters recovered 154 shells from the Seine. They dated from the Second World War.
It is not uncommon to find all sorts of objects in the Seine. The latest in date: 154 shells dating from the Second World War. These are the divers of the river brigade of the Direction de l’ordre public et de la circulation (DOPC) of the Paris Prefecture of Police who fished out these shells last week, as France Inter revealed on Friday. 5 August.
This operation, which lasted two days on the Quai d’Austerlitz, in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, was carried out in “in coordination with the deminers of the central laboratory of the Prefecture of police which made this discovery possible”, as confirmed by Matthieu Thibaut , deputy head of the specialized operational units division of the DPOC.
It was magnet fishing enthusiasts who made this discovery, before the intervention of the river brigade. Magnet fishing, which consists of placing a magnet at the end of a rod, in order to recover metal objects, is according to a note from the Ministry of the Interior, “considered illegal” if it is practiced “without authorization administrative authority”. In the event of discovery of a suspicious object, it is advisable to notify the emergency services and not to handle it.