Shopping Center All Clear after Bomb Scare

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

HARRISONBURG -- On Wednesday afternoon, Market Square East Shopping Center was on lockdown for what was thought to be a bomb threat. According to state police, a man approached a trooper outside the Chick-fil-A. He had what police call a "WWII era" mortar round, that his son found in the woods in New Market.

Police had blocked off the parking lot, and a bomb squad was on the scene. They took the device to an isolated area of the parking lot, but discovered there was no explosive device inside.

People were shaken up by it at the time. Terri Morgan witnessed the lockdown and told WHSV what it felt like.

"For me it's just very very odd to hear something like this happening in Harrisonburg. We're a small town, we care about each other. So that part of it disturbs me," Morgan said.

Though the situation was tense until the device was inspected, there was no explosive inside, so people were not in danger.

Virginia State Police are questioning the man who found the mortar round. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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