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Mortar rounds found in Tracy City

Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 9:12 am

On Friday evening, August 3, two World War II-era mortar rounds were discovered near the Bud Werner property in Tracy City. A citizen walking along the Mountain Goat Trail discovered what he thought was ordinance and called the Tracy City Police Department.

Officer A.J. Cunningham took the call, and upon recognizing the ordinance, and its proximity to both the roadway and walking trail, called the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, who in turn called in the Army Explosive Ordinance Team from Fort Campbell.

The EOD team looked over the mortars and discovered that, due to their condition, they needed to be destroyed and could not be transported safely. They removed the items to the horse barn in Tracy City and exploded the mortars.

Tracy City Police Chief Charlie Wilder stated that along with the mortars was a grenade that attaches to the end of a rifle.