Missouri’s Live Mortar Round Found and Promptly Detonated


When a rusting mortar round turned up on the tool bench of a public works building in Missouri, Derek McCubbin thought it looked suspicious. 

“It was deteriorated. It looked like it had been buried at some point,”He explained. “I wasn’t aware if it was a training round or live, but I knew it was concerning and shouldn’t be there.”

According to reports, the waterworks crew had dug it up several months before and put it in the shop. McCubbin was not going to take chances and called the police.

“We had to treat it like it was live,”Captain Clayton Knepp was noted. “All the right people were called.”

Kansas and Missouri military experts examined the munition. It turned out that the munition was actually live. 

It was detonated, leaving a hole of 3-by-2 feet in the ground. Once it was properly removed, everyone was able return to work.

McCubbin’s former coworker said that it was quite a deal for Rich Hill. “It’s about the most exciting thing in this small town,”They agreed.

Everyone is able to breathe a sigh relief after a close call that ended safely.

“You never know what you’re going to come across,”McCubbin also added. “I’m just glad it ended the way it did, and everyone’s safe.”

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