A Michigan man caused a bit of excitement when he brought an unexploded mortar shell to the Sterling Heights police station. So much excitement that the police promptly evacuated their HQ, along with a nearby library, district court, and a high school.
The man — who was as yet unidentified — apparently meant no harm. He simply had “found” an old mortal shell 65 years ago and had kept it ever since. He simply wanted to dispose of the round, wasn’t sure how to go about it, and figured that the local Five-O might be a good resource in that endeavor.
After the area was evacuated and secured, the Michigan State Police swept in “properly handle and dispose of the mortar,” which probably wasn’t that difficult, given that the elderly shell hadn’t exploded for a while. There’s always time for safety, I suppose.
Any ideas from the Armed Intelligentsia on where that shell came from before it wound its way into suburban Detroit? Sixty-five years would put it in 1952, smack dab in the middle of the (active) Korean Conflict, but it could have been much older.