BCPD: Resident finds live anti-tank round

A live anti-tank round discovered in Battle Creek. (Courtesy the Battle Creek Police Department - April 22, 2014)
A live anti-tank round discovered in Battle Creek. (Courtesy the Battle Creek Police Department - April 22, 2014)

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — Police say a military bomb squad had to be brought in to destroy a live anti-tank round found by a Battle Creek resident.

The Battle Creek Police Department it was been contacted by a resident in the area of East and Roosevelt avenues about a military ordnance they found that they were concerned may be live.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports the bomb squad was first called Monday morning to the residence of Beau Angell, who owns a metal and scrap removal company. He said that on Saturday, he picked up a 22-inch shell from a pole barn in the area of Day Road and M-66.

The Enquirer says Angell said he did some Internet research on the shell and tried to determine if it was live, and at one point dismantled part of the shell casing.

When he took it to his family’s Easter gathering on Sunday, the Enquirer reports, a family member said it scared them. Angell then decided to call BCPD and sent photos of the round.

The BCPD Bomb Squad said in a Tuesday release that it responded and found the shell was a Vietnam-era anti-tank round and that it was live. They called in a military bomb squad out of Fort Knox, Ky.

Authorities put Angell and his family up in a motel Monday night while they waited for the Kentucky squad’s arrival to move the shell, the Enquirer reports.

When the military bomb squad showed up Tuesday, the round was transported to Fort Custer in a truck with the aid of a police escort, according to the Enquirer.

They then destroyed the round.

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