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WWII-era mortar round found in Durham home

Posted February 7, 2021 2:25 p.m. EST
Updated February 8, 2021 11:23 a.m. EST

Durham police and bomb squad were at a home on Sunday afternoon after a mortar round stamped 1942 was found by the owner while doing renovations.

— A Durham man found World War II-era ordnance under his house on Sunday afternoon.

Dr. Ralph Haynes said he found the mortar round in his crawl space, hidden behind a cement post, while doing renovations to his home on North Roxboro Street. He moved it to his garage and called police.

Police confirmed it was a mortar round.

WWII-era mortar found inside Durham home

Haynes said the round was stamped 1942 and looked like a typical high-explosive round for a 60mm mortar.

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Officers from the Durham County Sheriff’s Office’s Bomb Squad evacuated the immediate area and removed the round.

Haynes said he was unsure how it wound up under his house.

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