Bazooka-type weapon found in Carroll

September 29, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

A loaded military weapon designed to destroy armored tanks was found in the Pleasant Valley area early yesterday, removed by authorities and destroyed.

State police investigators said an employee of the 7-Eleven store at Route 140 and Center Street in Westminster got a telephone call about 2:30 a.m. from a man who said "a weapon" was next to a utility pole on Indian Valley Road, then hung up. The store employee called state police.

Troopers from the Westminster barracks found the shoulder-fired weapon next to a utility pole near Indian Valley and Pleasant Valley roads. They said it was manufactured in France and bore the date 1987. The gun was described as resembling a bazooka but larger, four feet long and six inches in diameter.

It was loaded with a rocket-propelled projectile and was called "very dangerous" by officials of the state fire marshal's office.

The anti-tank weapon was taken to the Westminster barracks after apreliminary examination on Indian Valley Road, by members of the state fire marshal's office and the US Army Bomb Disposal unit dispatched from Aberdeen Proving Ground.

After additional tests, the weapon was taken to the Northern Landfill on Route 140, where soldiers used military C-4 explosives to blow it up.

Explosives from Aberdeen were brought to Westminster to blow the weapon up after it was discovered that the weapon was loaded with the projectile.

Investigators were reluctant to say what damage could have been done if the weapon had been fired.

Officials were trying to learn where the weapon came from and how it got into this country.

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