Police receive grenade during drug take back

File photo.
File photo.

FOX LAKE (AP) – Fox Lake police got a little more than they bargained for during a recent prescription drug take-back day. A local resident showed up with a cardboard box containing a live World War II mortar round.

Police Chief Jim Rohr said he gently took possession of the box, which had a date of October 1945 written on it.

“It was a little unnerving,” Rohr said. Rohr took it to a nearby field and called the Dane County bomb squad.

The bomb squad took the grenade back to Madison for disposal, the Daily Citizen reported. The mortar round was identified as a 50mm high explosive Japanese “knee mortar.”

He urged anyone who runs across similar items to call the police before touching or moving it and officers would come and take a look to determine what should be done.

“We’ll be glad to have the bomb squad come and remove it,” Rohr said.

Besides a nearly 70-year-old grenade, Fox Lake police also collected 187 pounds of prescription drugs.

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