Alabama construction crew finds old machine gun

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) - A contractor working on a bridge project
in Lauderdale County came across an unusual find in a creek - an
old machine gun.

Paul Haralson, owner of Shotcrete of America, says he and his
crew were cleaning out debris when a bucket scooped up the weapon.

Haralson says what he'd found was a Browning M1919 air-cooled
machine gun.

The weapon was developed at the end of World War I and
was used in World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Haralson drove to the sheriff's department and turned the weapon
over to Sheriff Ronnie Willis.

Willis said his office has been in touch with federal agents about the weapon.

He says no one has any idea how it wound up in the creek.

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