Last updated: 04:49 PM ET, Wed June 01 2016

As a Reminder, Do Not Bring WWII Artillery Shells On The Train

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | June 01, 2016

As a Reminder, Do Not Bring WWII Artillery Shells On The Train

Photo courtesy of Eurostar

Passengers on the Eurostar rail line were stranded in Paris Monday night through Tuesday morning when a passenger attempted to bring an artillery shell relic from World War II onboard one of the trains.

According to the Daily Mail, the male passenger was en route to London arrived at the checkpoint in the Gare du Nord station when customs officials found the artillery shell, but the man never declared the item.

After the shell was discovered in the passenger’s luggage, the train station was evacuated and hundreds of customers were forced out of the building. The final two rail trips for the day were canceled due to the evacuation, which stranded many passengers overnight at the station.

Eurostar issued an apology to passengers on Twitter:

“The delays yesterday were caused by some memorabilia which had been brought back from the war sites in Northern France,” a Eurostar spokesman told the Daily Mail. “This is relatively common, and there are lots of signs at check-in where we ask passengers not to do this.”

Passengers are not permitted to bring military relics from WWII sites onboard Eurostar trains, as they are listed as prohibited and restricted items on the company’s website.


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