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10 Military Rockets Found In Crates Behind Supermarket

April 11, 1987

HAVERHILL, Mass. (AP) _ Ten live, camouflage-painted military rockets were found inside two wooden crates that sat unopened behind a supermarket for several weeks, authorities said Saturday.

The crates were discovered Friday by an employee of the De Moulas supermarket who was cleaning up behind the store, said supermarket manager Michael Lecourt.

″He picked one up and it was heavy, so he decided to see what was inside,″ Lecourt said. He said the crates had been behind the store for as long as five or six weeks.

The rockets were believed to be from U.S. military supplies. There was no immediate indication as to how they got there or to whom they belonged.

State police explosives expert Joseph Sainato said the missiles, five of which were in each crate, appear to be either air-to-air or ground-to-air rockets. They were each about 5 inches in diameter and about 4 feet long, and were painted green, black and brown.

″I have no idea what they were doing there,″ Sainato said.

Sainato said markings on the the crates were obscured by mud, but Lecourt said there was a Texas address on them.

The explosives expert said the missiles were being stored at the state police barracks in Framingham. Sainato said the FBI and military investigators would join the investigation Monday.

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