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Boy Discovers WWII Bomb

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 09:47 PM CDT
A 14-year-old in Pennsylvania got an unexpected reward for his chores.

Tyler Varvel was doing yard work when he uncovered a World War Two-era bomb near Fort Indiantown Gap. It started as a typical day for 14-year-old Tyler Varvel. He was spraying to keep weeds down on a bank at the edge of the family yard when he said he saw something unusual.

"Like, it seemed shiny, so I flicked it up with my shoe and it landed right here. It was a bomb, or a mortar, or something."

Tyler took a picture with his cellphone, stepped away from the mortar and called his mom, who just happened to be near the state police barracks in Lickdale and went to get help.

State police followed Varvel to her home, and quickly shut down the roadway to traffic, and began moving a growing number of people away from the device.

Members of the state police bomb detection and disposal unit used an x-ray device to determine the mortar was inert, not a live round. Perhaps a practice round left behind by someone decades ago. A spokesman for the Pennsylvania National Guard said there is no reason to believe the round came from previous training exercises at the Gap, nor were these types of mortars used in training. 

The Varvel family said it's glad it’s gone, but say it did cause some excitement for a few hours.
Boy Discovers WWII Bomb


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