2003 CPEO Military List Archive

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Date: 8 Oct 2003 14:06:11 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Anti-tank rocket prompts road closure, air restriction
Anti-tank rocket prompts road closure, air restriction
Discovery: Bomb team removes ordnance dug up by landscaper.
By Tataboline Brant
October 8, 2003

Anchorage police closed a road and restricted air traffic in the
Campbell Lake area Tuesday morning as bomb squad officers investigated
what police said was a shoulder-held, anti-tank rocket outside a man's

The man, whose name was not immediately available, had asked police to
come look at the ordnance, said police spokesman Ron McGee. He explained
that he was the owner of a landscaping business and had found the device
while working with a backhoe about a month ago in the Muirwood
subdivision, near Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, McGee

At the time, the landscaper didn't think the ordnance was anything
serious, McGee said, so he took it home and left it outside his house in
the 2200 block of Olympic Drive.

McGee said the landscaper had a change of heart about the device after
reading somewhere that there was unexploded ordnance lying around that
could be dangerous.

It's not unusual for explosive devices to be found in Anchorage, McGee
said, but Tuesday's call took police by surprise. "It's not a fairly
common thing to find an anti-tank rocket," McGee said.

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