Updated: 3/12 9:56 pm
Bomb Brought to Sheriff’s Office
Fear struck the heart of Victoria Tuesday morning, when a DeWitt County man brought a historic, but dangerous piece of history downtown: a vintage bomb. The mortar round, believed to be decades old, was driven to the Victoria County sheriff's office, and once it arrived, caused streets to be shutdown throughout the downtown area.
Many downtown residents and workers had a scary start to their morning Tuesday as the Victoria County sheriff's office received a suspicious item. A man happened upon the potentially explosive device as many as four weeks ago, when his son caught a little more than he bargained for. Lieutenant Gary Lytle said they are unsure how old the 60 millimeter mortar round is, but they do believe it is still active. He said as soon as they recognized the bomb, they took immediate precautions. The Corpus Christi bomb squad was called-in to investigate, and possibly detonate the device. Lytle said while finding this type of explosive is rare, if one sees it again, they should leave it alone Lytle added shortly after the bomb squad arrived at the sheriff's office shooting range, they detonated the bomb, however, no explosives were found inside. The squad said it most likely came from the Vietnam era and no charges will be filed in this incident.
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