The bomb was removed to detonate safely, officials said.

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Melissa Williams says her husband was digging for a new fence in an Iowa backyard when he discovered a World War II-era mortar shell, local news reports.

“I looked it up online and it said it was like an air dart from World War II or whatever. So I sent a photo to my father, and he said: no, it is necessary to call the police, “she told KWWL. “And it turned out it was unbroken.”

On Sunday, June 12, at 3:23 p.m. local time, the Dubuque Fire Department was called home for “what is believed to be a World War II-era mortar shell that did not explode/ ammunition, ”the press release reads.

About 25 homes in eastern Iowa were evacuated so a specialist could check the bomb.

Shortly before 7 p.m., officials said unexploded bomb was removed from the area so that it could be safely blown up. Residents were allowed back into their homes.

“I was shocked, probably a couple of hours,” Williams told KWWL. “I didn’t sleep very well last night. So you know, other than that it wasn’t something you think you’ll ever find, you know. ”

She and her family described the unexpected meeting as Fr. “One in a million thing,” This was reported by KCCI.

“First, why is it here?” She asked, the TV channel reports. “This is Dubuque, Iowa. There was nothing here in the Second World War. “

Authorities say there is no danger to the population.

Caitlin Alanis is a McClatchy National Real-Time Reporter based in Kansas. She is a graduate of Agricultural Communications and Journalism at the University of Kansas.

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