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Man brings artillery shell to Rock County Sheriff's Office, prompts evacuation

Man brings artillery shell to Rock County Sheriff's Office, prompts evacuation

Artillery shell

After finding an artillery shell while cleaning out his mother's attic in Janesville, a man put the device in his car and drove it to the Rock County Sheriff's Office, prompting the area to be evacuated.

Unsure of what to do after finding an artillery shell, a man brought the device to the Rock County Sheriff’s Office in Janesville, prompting the area to be evacuated.

The Sheriff’s Office said a man was cleaning out his mother’s attic in Janesville when he found the artillery shell Friday. Unfamiliar with the device, the man put it in his vehicle and drove to the Sheriff’s Office, parking his vehicle in the front lot.

When law enforcement personnel were made aware of the device, the parking lot was blocked off, and people were evacuated from the area.

A bomb squad unit from the Rockford Police Department in Illinois responded but was unable to determine the condition of the device, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The bomb unit took the shell away so it could be disposed of at a later time, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The Sheriff’s Office is encouraging people who find explosive devices to leave the area and call 911.

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