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Bomb Squad Called in for Decades-Old Howitzer Round in Storage Shed – Police & Fire – East Greenwich, RI Patch

2, was charged with attempted second-degree assault and second-degree menacing. A 27-year-old woman told police she came home to her apartment at 6 p.m. Wednesday and found Handley in the apartment.
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The round stayed at her house, moving along with her from Portsmouth to North Kingstown, where it sat for 20 years before she put it into her storage unit about three weeks ago. With the warmer weather, the woman “became nervous because the container gets very hot in the summer” and was originally planning on bringing the round to police but decided to talk to an officer first, according to a police report. Police arrived at the storage container, cordoned the area off and upon close inspection, saw no evidence the round was a dummy round at all. There was no sign of holes being drilled to empty explosive material and the main body had “flight test” printed on it. The round, which resembles a bomb, had serial numbers and was labeled as a 105 mm round with fins on the bottom that were connected to a device that appeared to be a motor used to deploy them. Police then called the state bomb squad, who investigated the device and made contact with the United States Navy. By this time, a contingent of firefighters, police, the town and state fire marshals had gathered at the scene, blocking the area off. Police said the bomb squad officials determined it appeared to be an experimental training round originating from the United States military and it was unclear how old it was or if it was inert or not.
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