North Carolina man finds WWII-era mortar round in basement

(Associated Press)
Published: Feb. 7, 2021 at 7:18 PM EST
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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina man’s discovery of a World War II-era mortar round in his home Sunday prompted police to close several area roads.

Dr. Ralph Haynes, of Durham, told WTVD-TV that he found the 60 mm mortar round from 1942 behind a pillar in a basement crawlspace during a home renovation project. Haynes said he believes the shell had probably been there since the 1950s.

Haynes said the mortar round still had its firing pin intact, so he carefully moved it to a separate garage before calling the Durham Police Department.

The removal by the bomb squad prompted street closures for nearly two hours.

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