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Bomb squad closes Palo Alto street, dismantles mortar

Original post made on Oct 3, 2011

Discovery of a World War II-era Japanese mortar forced the closure of part of Grove Avenue in Palo Alto Monday morning. Police closed off the 3800 block of Grove and notified nearby residents of the quiet street they might have to evacuate.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, October 3, 2011, 11:30 AM

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Posted by What's-A-WWII-Mortar-Shell-Worth?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm

> "I have no idea of how it got there

Hmmm .. WWII-era mortar shell, WWII-era home owner who served in Japan .. if this fellow didn't bring this bit of history home to the US .. who else living in that house might have?

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Posted by Gunn Mom
a resident of Gunn High School
on Oct 3, 2011 at 2:54 pm

I never know which bin to use for old war relics: green yard waste ( if dug up in the yard), blue recycling (for metal recycling) or black garbage!

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 3, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Once I learned that people were safe, this story made me laugh. It reminded me of the PA I knew as a, not during WWII, but w/that smaller town sensibility that, aside from its subject, is in this story. Loved his quote about the persimmon tree :-)

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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 3, 2011 at 10:26 pm

This was a great story!

You have to wonder where that mortar shell came from. Is it possible that this veteran didn't know he had it in his WWII Navy knapsack and just now got around to cleaning it out? Now, he bought the home in 1966, so perhaps the previous owner was a vet as well?

But, I agree that the quote about the man falling out of the Persimmon tree was very, very funny!

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Posted by Newton
a resident of University South
on Oct 4, 2011 at 10:55 am

Fall down from persimmon tree go boom

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Posted by Mayfield Child
a resident of Green Acres
on Oct 4, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Just learned something interesting from one of the park rangers up at Foothill Park~
During the WW1, there was live ammo that was placed around in Foothills park..(it was for training exercises for the dog sniffing dogs to locate~).
Even as current as a few years ago there has been some shells found in the park. The original papers that showed where shells (etc.) were placed was "destroyed" and some were left behind.......................

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Posted by Lynda
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 4, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Sue Dremann did a great job with this story.

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Posted by YSK
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 4, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Cute story

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