Mortars found in Ritchot


   The St. Pierre RCMP were called in to investigate a potentially dangerous find in the RM of Ritchot.

   On October 23, two teenagers walking along the Rat River in the RM of Ritchot found what appeared to be rockets.

   Police responded to the call and discovered two items which are believed to be mortar rounds used by the Canadian Armed Forces, said RCMP.

   The area was secured and the RCMP explosive disposal unit and Canadian Armed Forces explosive team was called to the scene. The mortars were removed and taken to Winnipeg where they were safely disposed of.

   Police do not know how the mortars got to the location nor if they were live or inactive explosives. For safety reasons all items such as mortars are treated as live and the two recovered shells will be destroyed at a later date.


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