Dozens of people were evacuated from their homes in Russia's capital Wednesday after maintenance workers uncovered hundreds of rusty World War II-era artillery shells beneath a road.

Sappers removed 916 field artillery shells of various caliber after workers expanding a road in west Moscow stumbled upon the cache. Residents of two nearby buildings were evacuated immediately, and the road was closed to traffic.

At least 28 of the shells were armed, said Igor Chernego, the chief of the district office of the Emergency Situations Ministry for northwestern Moscow. But he downplayed the danger they posed.

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