ATLANTIC CITY — A rocket warhead was uncovered on a city beach Saturday, authorities said.

Shortly before 2:30 p.m. Saturday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers uncovered a 2.75-inch rocket warhead while conducting a beach replenishment project in the area of New Hampshire Avenue, Atlantic City police Sgt. Monica McMenamin said Saturday night.

McMenamin said Sgt. Joseph Falcone, of the city's bomb squad, oversaw the recovery and removal of the warhead, which was transported to an undisclosed location where it will be destroyed.

It was not known Saturday night where the warhead came from or whether it was live, McMenamin said.

The discovery of ordnance along New Jersey’s coast is common due, in large part, to military activity during the Revolutionary War and both world wars.

In 2007, five fuses for explosive projectiles that were more than 50 years old were found on a beach in Surf City during a similar beach replenishment project on Long Beach Island. The Army Corps spent several weeks looking for other munitions following that discovery.

But by 4 p.m. Saturday, the site of the Atlantic City discovery was cleared and work had resumed.

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