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Mortar-like shell found in Hillsborough

Posted July 6, 2008
Updated July 7, 2008

— The Durham County Sheriff's Bomb Squad was called to investigate after a man thought he found a live mortar shell.

The shell was transported by vehicle to the Hillsborough Police Department just after 5 p.m. Sunday. Officers blocked off North Churton Street, from West King to West Tryon streets, for a couple of hours while the shell was removed from the man's car.

The mortar-like shell was discovered near a construction site. It was later determined to be a military training shell that posed no danger.


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  • whocares Jul 7, 2008

    Why would anyone ride around with live amo in their trunk. Didn't they have a phone to call someone?

  • Jimmy187 Jul 7, 2008

    Hey look what I found. I better put it in my truck and I'll drive it into town to the police station so they can check it out. If they don't want it I'll go to Raleigh and recycle it at the scrap yard.

  • Adelinthe Jul 7, 2008

    'Nother live one in Hillsborough.

    Haven't they found several there. Anyone know why?

    But thanking God no one's been hurt by them.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • TheAdmiral Jul 7, 2008

    WRAL's newsline should have read:

    "Media claims Al-Queda is at the Hillsborough Police Department where a WRAL TV reporter tripped over an ammo box which contained a live mortar. When asking the police chief of knowledge of the terrorists he replied 'their police officers, not terrorists.' WRAL believes that the police chief is in a state of denial and will further investigate this issue."

  • nodoginthisfight Jul 7, 2008

    Way to go WRAL it's about time you change the story. 127 N. Churton St. is the police station, you left that one up all night. I'll bet they do have live ammo at the station. What do you think?