09/09/2011 08:38 EDT | Updated 11/09/2011 05:12 EST

Artillery shell removed from Toronto home

Homes in a downtown neighbourhood were evacuated late Thursday night after an old artillery shell was removed from a backyard.

Borden Street, near College and Bathurst streets, was cleared around 11 p.m. as Toronto police's bomb squad was called in to remove the military shell.

The device was moved while a George Brown College student was cleaning out an area under her porch.

The young student, along with the help of her mother visiting from Germany, dug up the device and was rolling it across the patio before her father; a member of the Canadian military, identified the device and called police.

"I have been living here for a while, and we have seen it a few times coming up and down the stairs," said Kelsey Cloutier. "My mom found it today cleaning out the porch and just rolled it across the lawn to put it in the garbage."

Police say the foot-long shell was very old and had been in the backyard for some time.

It was safely removed and did not have to be detonated.