Not sure if this is current affairs or US forum material but if this is wrong, Mods please move it. Monday morning a clam dreger, the F/V ESS Pursuit dredged up 10 canisters from waters south east of the tip of Long Island, NY. The canisters were about 3 inches in diameter and 12 inches long and according to one of the fishermen were "bullet shaped" and had dates of 1918 marked on them. The men reported burning sensations and blistering after handling the cylinders. The vessel put into New Bedford harbor on the south coast of Massachusetts. The vessel disembarked one sick man to an ambulance and started out to sea, then returned with an additional sick crewman. At this point, the USCG Captain of the Port of Providence, RI issued a "Captain of the Port" order that the vessel stop and anchor. The Coast Guard called in the Mass. based 1st Civil Support Team consisting of 25 Army National Guard active duty members specializing in chemical and biological weapons. At this point 4 of the 6 crew members have symptoms. Two were treated and released by the hospital, one is in St Lukes hospital in New Bedford and one's condition worsened at St Lukes and has been transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. FYI Mass General is a first class trauma facility and also has a hyperbaric chamber used for breathing disorders. The clams had been offloaded and sold in New Bedford but the National Marine Fisheries Service has embargoed the clams until it is determined they are not contaminated. The cylinders apparently contain nitrogen mustard gas but 1st CST is continuing testing. The fishing vessel crew had thrown the cylinders overboard at the location where they were dredged up but supposedly hd a good GPS fix which was provided to the Coast Guard. There are currently 103 Civil Support Teams in the US, at least one in each state IIRC. I have worked with the Mass. 1st CST and they are very highly trained and competent.