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Old military object found at construction site

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Construction crews at a controversial building site in the industrial area of South San Francisco came across what officials are calling an old military object, possibly a torpedo.

Munitions experts from Moffett Air Force Base came to 333 Oyster Point Blvd. on Saturday and removed the 4- to 5-foot item from the ground after determining that it was safe to do so, officials said.

The object looked like a torpedo, South San Francisco Fire Department Capt. Jeff Gatton said, but it could be nothing. The object was found between 20 and 30 feet down at the site, Gatton said.

A former U.S. Steel plant, the site has large amounts of slag, a byproduct of steel production, that needs to be excavated before construction can begin on Slough Estates’ 315,444-square-foot research and development facility. Residents and boat owners in Oyster Cove and Oyster Point Marinas have complained to the city about alleged non-permitted weekend activity at the site and dust they attribute to the construction.