07/04/11 125 W, 1 I - + 4 - 4 Bombs Away

As this WRAL story notes, the ordinance demolition experts (e.g. bomb squad) from Seymour Johnson Air Force has been busy lately. Twice in two weeks they've been called upon to dispose live munitions dating to World War I. First was a German-made hand grenade found in the drawer of an antique sewing machine (!) being restored by a Goldsboro couple. See Goldsboro News-Argus story. Then Saturday, a Winterville man called police to ask about ridding himself of a mortal mortar shell. He'd had the thing for a decade. The Air Force boys buried the shell and made the thing go boom. They also briefly evacuated several residents as a precaution. See Daily Reflector story. Early Fourth of July fireworks, indeed!

WRAL photo

Ummmm…. mortar shell I believe, though it would prove mortal if it went off. Incidentally, I don’t think this was a mortar shell. It has no stabilizing fins on the tail end. I’d guess it is a shell from a direct-fire weapon like a howitzer judging by the percussion cap. Not trying to cherry pick , just observing. If I had found that, you can bet I’d stay WELL away from it.
Bob - 07/04/11 - 22:13

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