Police receive grenade during drug take back

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

FOX LAKE, Wis. (AP) -- Fox Lake police got a little more than they bargained for during a recent prescription drug take-back day. A local resident showed up with a cardboard box containing a live World War II mortar round.

Police Chief Jim Rohr said he gently took possession of the box, which had a date of October 1945 written on it.

"It was a little unnerving," Rohr said. Rohr took it to a nearby field and called the Dane County bomb squad.

The bomb squad took the grenade back to Madison for disposal, the Daily Citizen reported. The mortar round was identified as a 50mm high explosive Japanese "knee mortar."

He urged anyone who runs across similar items to call the police before touching or moving it and officers would come and take a look to determine what should be done.

"We'll be glad to have the bomb squad come and remove it," Rohr said.

Besides a nearly 70-year-old grenade, Fox Lake police also collected 187 pounds of prescription drugs.
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FOX LAKE, Wis. (AP) -- Fox Lake police got a little more than they bargained for during a recent prescription drug take back day.

A local resident showed up with a cardboard box containing a live World War II mortar.

Police Chief Jim Rohr says it was a bit unnerving when he gently took possession of the box, which had a date of October 1945 written on it. Rohr took it to a nearby field and called the Dane County bomb squad.

The Daily Citizen says the bomb squad took the grenade back to Madison for disposal. Rohr says the mortar was identified as a 50mm high explosive Japanese "knee mortar."


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