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Three World War II-era ordnances have turned up at a New Jersey home belonging to Memphis Grizzlies forward Kyle Anderson’s dad — who’s not the least bit shocked at the startling discovery.
A pair of rusty relics were first unearthed on Sunday or Monday in the backyard of the home on Elmira Street in historic Cape May, as workers were landscaping, the father, also named Kyle Anderson, told The Post on Thursday.
“We knew digging up that ground we might find some interesting things because the previous owner used to bury a lot of stuff, trash and stuff,” Anderson said. “[The ordnances] had been sitting there and then yesterday, one of the contractors — the painter — flagged down a police officer and asked him to take a look.”
The officer called in the Atlantic City Bomb Squad to take care of the rest — including safely removing the pair of unexploded devices from the premises and carting them off to the beach to be exploded, according to the Cape May Police Department.
Anderson said he learned on Thursday morning that a third ordnance turned up at the home, which he’d purchased in October.
“The bomb squad is there now,” he said. “They are going to remove it, detonate it on the beach as they did before and do a scan of the whole yard.”
Anderson’s son, Kyle Anderson, 27, is a forward for NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies.
The elder Anderson said since work began on the roughly 30 foot by 50 foot yard in October, workers have unearthed trash and bottles — and a massive porcelain urinal.
“We haven’t been able to move that because it’s so heavy,” he said.
He estimated that the ordnances were about 16 inches long and 8 inches wide.
The home was previously owned by John A. Trolli, who served in the US Marine Corps from 1952 to 1954, NJ.com reported, citing an online obituary. Trolli, who received the National Defense Service Medal, died at age 89 in August.
Anderson, a retired Jersey City school teacher, was keen on snapping up Trolli’s property because his own home is next door on Lafayette Street. He plans on renovating the Elmira home and renting it out.
The Cape May Police Department warned residents to call the police or fire department if they find similar items.
“Citizens are reminded, not to move or otherwise disturb if items like these are found on your property,” police wrote. “Please notify the Police/Fire Departments.”
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