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Life in Early Poverty Bay

Live Shells in River

Live Shells in River.

The ammunition in those days was placed in charge of Mr. Fyson, and on one occasion he had a very exciting experience. One Sunday night a fire broke out in the store of Carr and Sons, merchants. He was at church at the time, and a man nearby said the Post Office was ablaze. Mr. Fyson rushed down and saw that for the present the Post Office was safe, but sparks were occasionally descending on the shingled roof. In a shed near the building were two live shells. Deciding to take no risks he carried the shells away and threw them in the river near the present Kaiti bridge, and to the best of his knowledge they are still there.