Saugerties man finds live mortar shell in closet

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. (AP) – A Hudson
Valley police station was evacuated and a bomb squad summoned after a man
brought in a live Korean War-era mortar shell he had found while cleaning out a
closet.

Saugerties Police Chief Joe Sinagra
tells local media that the man wasn't sure what to do with the
foot-and-a-half-long shell he found in the house he had just bought. So he
brought it to the police station Wednesday afternoon.

Officers with military experience
realized the shell was live and brought it out to the parking lot. A state
police bomb disposal unit was summoned and identified it as a 75-millimeter
U.S.-made mortar shell that was still live and able to explode. They removed it
for disposal.

Sinagra said soldiers sometimes
brought shells home as souvenirs.

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