Mortar Round Found In Fishing Net Causes Scare At Texas Sheriff’s Office

VICTORIA (March 13, 2013)--A vintage 60 mm mortar round that was found tangled in a fishing net caused at the South Texas sheriff's office to which the round was taken.

The Victoria County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that the device was safely detonated and did not contain explosives.

Sheriff’s Lt. Gary Lytle said a man put the shell in his vehicle and drove 25 miles from Cuero to Victoria to turn it over to deputies Tuesday.

The man’s son found the mortar several weeks ago.

Deputies barricaded a one-block area and alerted nearby businesses as experts moved the mortar to a safe area for detonation.

Lytle said anyone who finds a potentially dangerous device should leave it alone and immediately contact authorities.