Man brings mortar shells he found to city hall; city hall evacuated

Saturday, June 13, 2009

BONNE TERRE, Mo. -- An eastern Missouri city hall was evacuated after a resident found mortar shells and took them in for inspection.

Bonne Terre City Hall and a two-block radius around it were evacuated Friday after a man found mortar shells while cleaning a house.

He took the shells in for city officials to inspect. Those officials weren't sure if the mortars were live, and an evacuation was ordered as a precaution.

Ammunition experts from Fort Leonard Wood were being brought in to determine if the mortars were dangerous.

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