“If you ever come across anything suspicious like this item, please do not pick it up, contact your local law enforcement agency for assistance”
U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians recently responded to a potentially dangerous unexploded round at the Wahkiakum County Historical Society Museum in Cathlamet. Army EOD Soldiers from the 707th Ordnance Company (EOD) “Thunderbirds” were called by the Washington State Police Bomb Squad when museum staff discovered an old round that lacked the proper safety paperwork. Staff Sgt. Eric D. Steuby, the EOD team leader, from Ruston, Washington; 1st Lt. Trevor C. Bachus from Springfield, Missouri; Sgt. Dominick A. Rivera from Mack, Colorado; and Sgt. 1st Class William R. Phillips from Mount Vernon, Washington, traveled almost two hours to the museum to respond to the call. After various tests, the EOD team leader determined that the round did not contain any explosive hazards and confirmed that it was a Type 100, 81mm Japanese Mortar. Steuby was able to return the mortar to the museum and update the paperwork for the item, ensuring the safety of the staff and visitors to the museum that documents the cultural, economic, political and social history of the county and other cities, towns and villages near the mouth of the Columbia River. Capt. Connor J. McCarty, the commander of the 707th EOD Company, said the EOD team responded after coordinating with the Wahkiakum County Sheriff Department for support.
If you find anything that appears to be an explosive device, do not touch it, leave it where it is and call the police. We will contact the appropriate agencies to properly dispose of the item.
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