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Rep. Michael Grimm Wants Feds To Remove Ammo From Near Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - There is a weapons cache lying in shallow water near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and Rep. Michael Grimm wants the federal government to remove it.

WCBS 880's Rich Lamb On The Story


The 1,500 rounds of ammo, a three-inch projectile, and cartridges were discovered in the waters near the Brooklyn tower of the bridge last October.

"Whether it's the DOD, Coast Guard, the Army Corps of Engineers, or the Navy, I don't care which one has to take lead on this, but we need leadership that says, 'Okay, we have a problem. We've identified the problem. Now, let's have solution.' It's not rocket science," Grimm told WCBS 880 reporter Rich Lamb. "Whoever's in the best position to safely and quickly remove the munitions, they have everything they need. We have the best and brightest military in the world."

Grimm has sent a letter to incoming Defense Secretary Leon Panetta asking him to get it done.

The Daily News reports that local diver Gene Ritter, who discovered the weapons, believes Ritter thinks the cache may have come from a military accident in 1954 in which an ammunition barge broke free in a storm.

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