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WWII bazooka projectile found in Salem ditch

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SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

It's not every day you find a bazooka projectile from World War II on the side of the street.

But that's exactly what a Marion County Public Works employee discovered in a ditch on Howell Prairie Road Southeast near State Street in Salem Tuesday afternoon.

It was about five feet from the road's shoulder.

Deputies arrived and sealed off the roadway, diverting all traffic from the area, including some school buses.

Specialists from the 142nd Explosives Ordinance Division of the Oregon Army National Guard in Salem assisted in removing the item.

It was identified as a 3.5" inert bazooka training round. The round was about 22 inches long.

The Army personnel secured the training projectile and the roadway reopened about 4:30 p.m. The impact from the closure was minimal in the rural area.

Although it was a harmless training projectile, parents should use this opportunity to remind their children to report to a parent, school official or law enforcement officer anything suspicious that is thought to be a weapon or ammunition.

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