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Man finds WWII mortar round in his camper, transports it to Linda Vista fire station

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A live, World War II-era mortar round taken to a Linda Vista fire station Sunday, triggered an evacuation and bomb squad run.

A man found a five pound, live training round with explosives inside, loaded it into his car and drove it to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department's Station 23, at the corner of Comstock Street and Linda Vista Road, according to Capt. Joe Amador.

“It’s real old, deteriorated, the cap is still on it, pins are still inside it,” said Emmett Stinson.

Stinson prompted police to shut down the area around Fire Station 23, after he discovered a World War II-era round while cleaning out a bag left behind by a friend.

“When I set it down, it made a heavy sound like a clunk and I reached my hand inside, pulled it out and it's a mortar,” explained Stinson.

Stinson, a veteran, recognized the device and said he decided to take it to a nearby fire station.

“Held it in my hand the whole way here,” he said. Adding that it was better than setting it on the floor of the truck.

“The best thing for the public, if you get something like that don’t drive it anywhere, don’t move it,” said Commander John Wood with the San Diego Fire Bomb Squad. “Just call us we’ll come out. It's no big deal. We'll take care of it and get it out of there.”

Stinson initially walked toward the building, but firefighters advised him to just put it down.

The bomb squad determined it was a five pound training mortar round that contained a small explosive charge.

“That's still enough to hurt or kill somebody holding it,” said Wood.

This is the second time in 24 hours that the bomb squad has responded to a recently discovered round.

Saturday afternoon a new homeowner discovered live artillery shell under a bed, which was left behind by the previous owner.

“We get anywhere from 160 to 200 bomb runs a year. That's anywhere from fireworks, to military ordnance to munitions or IED or something made to hurt someone,” continued Wood. “We go on quite a lot of responses. More than people think.”

Stinson's truck was given the all clear about an hour later. He said his first call will be to the woman who left the round behind.


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