Live mortar-type explosive found in Richmond home; military bomb squad summoned

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Live mortar-type explosive found in Richmond home; military bomb squad got rid of it.
An image of the live explosive was provided by the Richmond Police Department.

Residents living within a two-block area near Richmond’s Annex neighborhood were evacuated late Monday afternoon after a live mortar-type explosive was discovered in a home, police said.

A Travis Air Force Base bomb squad was summoned to remove the explosive device from the residence in the 5200 block of Panama Avenue, Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said Tuesday. The device was brought to a safe location to be destroyed. No injuries were reported.

The home’s resident had recently moved in and found the device while cleaning the garage. The resident apparently picked up and moved the explosive before calling police about 3:30 p.m. Monday, Abetkov said.

The police spokesperson urged residents to never touch such objects and to immediately call police.

“Because it was a military-type explosive, we had to have the Travis Air Force Base bomb squad respond,” Abetkov said.

After evacuating residents, military officials discovered the device was a live explosive and disposed of it.

Abetkov said it is not unusual to find old military explosives in Richmond given the city’s wartime past. In her 15 years serving the Richmond Police Department, Abetkov said she recalls several similar incidents in the city.

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