August 3, 2009

Woman, 81, finds bazooka shell in attic

Police in Florida said a woman searching for the source of rodent sounds discovered a bazooka shell in the attic above her garage.

Jeanne Tipton, 81, of St. Petersburg, called police shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday after she found the shell in the attic and moved it to her backyard, the St. Petersburg Times reported Monday.

The Tampa Police Department's bomb squad was called to the scene and determined the shell, which is believed to be at least 40 years old, was an inert practice round.

Tipton told police her brother served in the Marine Corps during World War II and had stored several items in her attic before he moved away from the area in 1969.