There were some tense moments Monday afternoon after a man brought an unexploded military ordnance to Kinston police.
Juan Cantu told police that someone brought it to the Kinston/Lenoir County Visitor Center. Cantu took it to a parking lot on King Street that's across the street from the public safety building.
A Cherry Point spokesman says it was a live .40 mm high explosive projectile.
The visitor's center thought it appeared to be a Vietnam era weapon, a four-inch tall golf ball-type shell. They say visitors often bring in old war items and they called in Cantu, who is a Vietnam veteran, sometimes to help verify what they have.
Police took no chances and called in an Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit from Cherry Point who safely removed it about two hours later.