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NEW YORK (AP) Police say a girl searching for seashells at the beach on Coney Island found a loaded handgun in the sand.

WNBC-TV reports (bit.ly/1ulD1A8) the 10-year-old girl, who was at the beach with her mother, found the 9 mm gun about 2 p.m. Monday. Her mother brought it to a lifeguard.

Police say the weapon had one bullet inside. It was filled with sand and had to be cut into pieces so that it was safe to handle.

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Information from: WNBC-TV, http://www.nbcnewyork.com