SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Authorities say a construction crew found an “unexploded device” on College Drive in Suffolk Thursday morning.
City of Suffolk officials said police and fire and rescue responded to the 6700 block of College Drive just after 10:30 a.m., after the crew made the discovery in the area of the former Nansemond Ordnance Depot.
Officials said Virginia State Police, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a military explosive ordnance disposal crew also responded to the scene.
River Park Drive and Beacon Run as well as Beech Run and Quarter Stone Walk were closed around the Sunfall at The Riverfront neighborhood while crews worked to secure the scene.
No evacuations were ordered, officials said, but residents in the neighborhood were instructed to shelter in place.
At 3:30 p.m., Suffolk Fire & Rescue removed the shelter in place order and advised that the hazmat scene had been cleared.
Military officials excavated and removed the device. The Army Corps of Engineers will handle any further cleanup at the site.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than 400 munitions excavated from the 975-acre property over the years were considered “live” or had “enough explosives to warrant disposal/deactivation by denotation.”