Mortar brought to New Milford store causes evacuations - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Mortar brought to New Milford store causes evacuations, Route 7 shut down

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NEW MILFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Police shut down Route 7 in New Milford and evacuated people in the immediate area after someone brought a WWII or Vietnam era mortar shell into a store Wednesday afternoon.

The owner at Litchfield County Pickers on Kent Road found mortar, which police said they believe to be inert, a few months ago in a basement during an estate clean out.

He kept it in his truck and on Wednesday, an expert informed him the device could potentially be dangerous.

Employees at Litchfield County Pickers removed the item from the vehicle and put it into the field behind their business, police said.

Police were notified and the Connecticut State Police Bomb Squad was called to investigate the discovery. Even though the mortar appears to be inert, state police will still test it.

The Veterans Plaza was shut down and people there were evacuated as a precaution, police said.

Route 7 from Bridge Street to Fort Hill Road was closed from 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. while police investigated the incident, but it has since reopened.

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