NEW BEDFORD — A rusted shell found by a scallop boat and brought ashore yesterday morning does not pose an explosion risk, authorities said.

State Police posted the update on Twitter about the weapon, which scallopers brought to shore in New Bedford before 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

The State Police Bomb Squad and U.S. Navy ordnance disposal specialists examined the object yesterday.

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They determined through visual and x-ray inspection that it is a 57mm armor piercing projectile and does not pose an explosion risk, authorities said.

State Police said that the weapon has been secured and will be turned over to the military for disposal.

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