Live artillery round found near the Snake River

Credit: Elmore County Sheriff's Office

Live artillery round found near the Snake River

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by KTVB

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Posted on April 8, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 8:42 AM

ELMORE COUNTY -- The Elmore County Sheriff's Office wants to remind you not to touch any suspicious items you discover in the desert or on public lands.

This comes after an active artillery round was discovered near the Snake River over the weekend by an airman with the Mountain Home Air Force Base.

The sheriff's office says the airman discovered the artillery round near a cliff near the Snake River as he was walking his dog at a site called "Hole 13."

USAF bomb technicians later determined the round was a M107 155mm artillery round that contained 15 pounds of high explosives. They say the device had a live fuse that was still intact.

The bomb techs destroyed the round after it was deemed unstable to be removed.

Officials say to the best of their knowledge, Mountain Home Air Force Base has not used any live artillery rounds like this since the 1960s.

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