A waterfront state park in Southern Maryland has been temporarily closed after several pieces of military weaponry washed ashore, authorities said Friday.

Over the past few days a few "military ordnance" items were found on the waterline of Newtowne Neck State Park in Leonardtown in St. Mary's County, according to a statement from the State Fire Marshal's Office.

A photo of a rusted shell found along the shore was released by the Department of Natural Resources. The shell was about the width of a dollar bill and twice its length. Anyone who sees a suspicious object on the shore should not touch it, leave the area immediately and file a report with police, the statement said.

Authorities are conducting a sweep of the shoreline to locate and remove any other weapons that may be along the shore. The park will reopen after the Maryland Park Service, State Fire Marshal and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers determine the shoreline is safe.

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