VICTORIA, Texas -- A vintage 60 mm mortar plucked from a fishing net and taken to a Texas sheriff’s office has turned out not to contain explosives.
The Victoria County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that the device was safely detonated.
The Victoria Advocate reports nobody was hurt during Tuesday’s incident that prompted deputies to barricade a one-block area.
Lt. Gary Lytle says a man put the shell in his SUV and drove 25 miles from Cuero to Victoria to turn it over to deputies. His adult son found the mortar several weeks ago in a net.
Deputies treated the mortar as a live shell. Explosives experts moved the mortar to a safe area for destruction .
Lytle says anyone finding a potentially dangerous device should leave it alone and immediately contact authorities.