Military memorabilia collector spooked by mortar shell

Natchez, Miss., Judge Charlie Vess and his wife found a mortar shell on their patio and called the sheriff, who brought in the bomb disposal team from nearby Fort Polk, La. The mortar was taken away, blown up and later determined not to have been a live round. In fact, it turned out that the judge collects military memorabilia and a friend had left the mortar as a gift — without bothering to also include an explanatory note.

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