Live WWII mortar shell found in Cottonwood Heights

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COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah (ABC4 Utah) –  Officers worked to remove a live mortar on Cardinal Way in Cottonwood Heights, Monday afternoon.
Cottonwood Heights police initially tweeted about the find, calling it a “live WWII mortar shell.”

The area was blocked off while the Salt lake City bomb squad and a team from Hill Air Force Base assessed the find. 


After the investigation, an officer on scene identified the mortar as a Type 89 Grenade Discharger, or knee mortar, which was a Japanese weapon used in the Pacific Theater of WWII. The weapon found today is in pristine condition with the fuse and safety ring well intact. 

The officer told ABC4 that a man had discovered the mortar when opening the boxes of a deceased WWII veteran. 

The Public Information Officer on scene declined to give further information. 

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