Firefighters: WWII mortar shell found in Croft State Park

Photo of the mortar shell (Source: Lewis Hayes)

Firefighters said a World War II-era mortar shell was found at Croft State Park on Thursday morning.

The Croft Fire Department was initially called about a device found in the park but learned that it was a 60 mm mortar round.

A park ranger found the mortar, which firefighters later determined was not active and did not have any explosive components inside.

Firefighters said the mortar was likely used for practice purposes when Camp Croft served as a training camp for the US Army during WWII.

“It’s hard to believe that it’s been there for 70 years and only been found today,” said Croft Fire Chief Lewis Hayes.

The sheriff’s office’s bomb squad responded and took custody of the mortar.

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