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Military Experts Examine Weapons Found Under Durham Home

Posted June 7, 2006 11:12 a.m. EDT

— Fort Bragg experts removed two empty

light anti-tank weapon launchers

found in a Durham neighborhood after a contractor found the devices under a home on Tuesday, authorities said.

According to police, the contractor was doing work on a rental property on

Midland Terrace

at about 6:30 p.m. when he discovered the two items -- each measuring around two feet in length -- in a crawl space under the house.

Police evacuated some residences in the immediate vicinity and blocked Midland Terrace between Faucette Avenue and Cheek Road after the discovery as Durham, state and federal authorities conducted their investigation.

Members of the U.S. Army's Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit arrived on the scene early Wednesday and determined that the weapons were not live and did not pose a threat. Residents were allowed to return to the area.

Police are trying to determine where the devices came from and how they ended up in that location.