What do you do with that ticking time bomb in the attic?

Trained teams safely dispose of decades-old military explosives found in homes


Last updated 5/5/2022 at 2:58pm

Examples of devices recovered and rendered safe by the FBI Eastern Missouri Bomb Tech Task Force include, from left, a World War II-era Japanese mortar round, a Civil War-era cannonball, and a grenade. Village News/Courtesy photo

WASHINGTON – Some families of aging U.S. war veterans are finding unexpected, and highly dangerous, souvenirs among their loved ones' belongings – ticking time bombs.

Service members either brought the devices home from their combat service or purchased them later. Most of the devices found today come from World War I (which the U.S. entered 105 years ago), World War II, Korea, Vietnam, or the Gulf War.

Known as military ordnance, these devices can remain intact for decades but explode without notice. They are highly dangerous, and only a trained bomb technician should handle them.


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