Niagara Regional Police divers recovered a plastic gun from the bottom of the original Welland Canal in Port Colborne Thursday afternoon.
A passerby reported seeing a gun on the bottom of the former canal, which opened in 1883, to a Port Colborne Fire and Emergency Services firefighter. That canal runs parallel to West St. from Princess St. to Charlotte St.
Firefighters were conducting a training exercise with St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. employees at Bridge 21 Thursday morning and were still in the area when approached.
Firefighters had St. Catharines dispatch call police, who called in the Underwater Search and Recovery Unit.
The unit arrived just after noon, but had to wait for two ships to pass through the canal before entering the water off of the promenade on West St.
From the surface, the gun, partially covered in weeds and silt appeared to be real.
Once divers were in the water and reached the gun it was determined to be plastic.
It was put in a container and brought to the surface.