Barnstable County

Mortar shell found in Bourne backyard, bomb squad called

BOURNE, Mass. — A homeowner got quite the surprise Tuesday morning when they found an inactive artillery shell while doing yard work in the back of their house.

Bourne Police say they responded to a residence on Depot Road just before 9:30 a.m. for a report of a possible unexploded mortar round discovered.

The State Police Bomb Squad arrived on scene and determined the device was an inert training munition that posed no threat, according to authorities. The device was safely removed from the area.

No injuries were reported and no evacuations were needed in the area.

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