Army Surplus Owner Talks About Mortar After Incident

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

HARRISONBURG -- The Virginia State Police is calling an object found in the Chick-Fil-A parking lot Wednesday morning a "World War II Mortar Round". The bomb squad locked down the area and took the round away. The detonation device was not in the round.

People are allowed to legally own rounds, similar to the one state police found, as long as it has been dismantled. Rudy Dean owns Valley Surplus. He said an Army surplus store would not sell a live round.

"We won't buy anything that we know that is a live piece of ordinance. Generally when someone comes in and they have something like that, we send them to the proper authorities to have it checked out," said Dean.

It is illegal to own or sell any live mortar round or anything similar.

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