Mortar shells force city hall evacuation

Friday, June 12, 2009 | 3:12 p.m. CDT; updated 3:28 p.m. CDT, Friday, June 12, 2009

BONNE TERRE — An eastern Missouri city hall was evacuated after a resident found mortar shells and took them in for inspection.

It happened Friday in Bonne Terre. City hall and a two-block radius were evacuated after a man found the shells while cleaning a house.

He took the shells in for city officials to inspect. Those officials weren't sure if the mortars were live, and an evacuation was ordered as a precaution.

Ammunition experts from Ft. Leonard Wood were being brought in to determine if the mortars were a danger.


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