Old Mortar Explosive Found in New Jersey Home, Bomb Squad Called: Police - NBC New York

Old Mortar Explosive Found in New Jersey Home, Bomb Squad Called: Police

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    Vietnam-Era Mortar Found in New Jersey Home

    An old Vietnam War era mortar explosive was discovered in a central New Jersey home, according to police. Roseanne Colletti reports.

    (Published Tuesday, April 9, 2019)

    An old Vietnam War era mortar explosive was discovered in a central New Jersey home, according to police.

    Freehold Township police say the caller told them that he had inherited the home on Pittenger Pond Road from his father, a Vietnam War veteran, and was in the process of cleaning the home when he made the discovery.

    The man, Jerry Wojchiehowski, found the 81 mm mortar and called authorities shortly before noon Tuesday, according to the police chief.

    "It looks exactly like it would, like a small torpedo, with about six fins on the back side," Wojchiehowski told News 4.

    New Jersey State Police and the Fort Dix Explosive Ordinance Device Unit also responded to the home in order to remove the explosive.

    Wojchiehowski's father was given the mortar by a friend, he said. Wojchiehowski forgot his father had told him about it until he made the surprising discovery.

    The mortar was taken to Fort Dix for detonation.

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