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Family cleaning late relative's home finds mortar shell

Published October 1, 2013 8:32 am

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Family members cleaning out the Salt Lake City home of a deceased relative found more than memories; they uncovered an old military mortar shell.

Salt Lake City police Detective Rick Wall said the department's bomb squad determined the round from a World War II era mortar — a portable, muzzleloading cannon used to fire short-range shells at high trajectories — was not active, and thus not a danger.

However, police still confiscated the shell from the home at 450 N. Chaz Court about 4 p.m. Monday.

Wall said the shell will be stored in a safe police facility pending a decision on what to do with it.

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