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Munitions discovered in two locations in Nebraska, detonated by State Patrol

September 22, 2018

A World War II-era rocket and a large grenade have been destroyed by the Nebraska State Patrol.

The items were found at separate locations and were reported Wednesday to the Nebraska State Patrol.

The owners of a farm near Odell, Nebraska, found the rocket while cleaning an outbuilding.

The 40-millimeter grenade — which is the size used in grenade launchers — was found by workers at Hastings City Iron and Metal.

X-rays were taken, but it could not be determined with certainty whether the devices contained explosive material.

Lt. Jim DeFreece, commander of the State Patrol’s bomb squad, said aging explosives can be dangerous because they can become unstable.

“If you ever find any type of explosive item like this, report it to law enforcement immediately,” he said.

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