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COPY-Live 81mm mortar found in Lake Hallie home

Lake Hallie (Press Release) - On Thursday December 6, 2012 the Lake Hallie Police Department responded to a report of a US Military Mortar being located at a private residence.

After examination the Mortar appeared to still be a live explosive. For that reason the U.S. Military Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit of the Air Force stationed in Madison was contacted. On Friday December 7, 2012 the Mortar was destroyed in a rural area of the Town of Hallie.

The Mortar was found in a single family home located in the 4500 block of CTH-P in the Village of Lake Hallie. A person located the Mortar while working at the residence. That same person removed the Mortar from the home and placed it outside, then contacted police. It is believed that the previous owner of the home had placed the Mortar in the living space of the home.

At about 2:35pm the Chippewa County Sheriff James Kowalczyk and the Chippewa Fire District Fire Chief were notified of the Mortar and requested to respond. When Sheriff Kowalczyk arrived the situation was discussed with him. Also consulted was a retired Chippewa County Sheriff's Detective that was knowledgeable in explosive devices. It was agreed that the danger to the public was greater by leaving the Mortar at its current location then it was by moving it. Sheriff Kowalczyk and the retired detective agreed to transport the device out of the residential area to a rural setting.

On Friday December 7, 2012 at about noon the Mortar was properly destroyed by members of the US Air Force EOD Unit in a rural area in the Town of Hallie. The Mortar was stamped to have been manufactured in 1967. The Mortar was 81mm and about 20 inches long. The explosion was heard over a mile away. Village President John Neihart assisted with locating a suitable and safe disposal site.

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