MANSFIELD, OH -The Ashland County Bomb Squad was called to 41 Rowland Avenue in Mansfield Thursday for a possible live mortar.
A homeowner was cleaning out his shed and found what appeared to be a live mortar round, and notified authorities.
Upon examination, the device was found to be a phosphorus illumination round. The round will be taken to Ashland County by the Ashland County Bomb Squad where it will be detonated safely.
The homeowner's house was checked as a precaution. No other houses were checked.
Rowland Avenue, between Park Avenue West and West 3rd Street, was closed off as authorities worked on the scene. The neighborhood was evacuated and then people were allowed to return to their homes after the device was secured.
The Ashland County Bomb Squad, Mansfield Police Department, and Mansfield Fire Department all responded to the scene.
On April 20th, 2017 at 0926 hrs the Mansfield Division of Police responded to a call of a suspicious device at 41 Rowland Ave, Mansfield, Ohio.
The Complainant, who is renting the property, advised he was cleaning out a shed in the backyard and discovered a mortar round leaning against the wall.
Officers confirmed the presence of the mortar round and immediately evacuated the surrounding area and contacted the Ashland County Bomb Squad for assistance.
The Mansfield Fire Department was also on scene as a precautionary measure. The Ashland County Bomb Squad collected the device and removed it from the premises.
The mortar round was found to be a luminary shell used to light up a battlefield and did not contain explosives. No other suspicious devices were located on the property. The incident will be followed up by the Major Crimes Unit.
RECEIVED FROM MANSFIELD DEPARTMENT OF POLICE ON APRIL 20, 2017.