Live mortar from World War II found, detonated in Tennessee

Live mortar from World War II discovered, detonated in Tennessee

LEBANON, Tenn. — A man with a metal detector made an explosive discovery when he found a live mortar from World War II Monday.

Police said the munition was a remnant from when the area was used as a training ground during the war.

The bomb squad determined the mortar was too unstable to be moved so it was detonated near where it was found.

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“The blast was heard from a distance, which caused alarm for many residents,” Lebanon police said on social media. “We appreciate everyone’s concerns and phone calls.”

Authorities searched the area for more mortars before deeming it safe.

A man with a metal detector made an explosive discovery after finding a live mortar from World War II Monday.
A man with a metal detector made an explosive discovery after finding a live mortar from World War II Monday. (Lebanon Police Department/Lebanon Police Department)