October 25, 2014

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Man finds Vietnam-era ammo on property

SHARON TWP. — A township man made a unique wartime discovery Friday afternoon while working outside on his property.

(IMAGE COURTESY OF THE MEDINA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE)

(IMAGE COURTESY OF THE MEDINA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE)

Robert Spring, of South Medina Line Road, was clearing trees around the pool area of his home when he located a device that “appeared to be something … shot out of a cannon,” according to a Medina County Sheriff’s Office report. Spring located the item in an area that was overgrown with weeds and shrubbery.

Spring retrieved the item, which was identified by the Summit County Bomb Squad as a Vietnam-era Howitzer round. He moved it about 30 feet to the edge of his driveway prior to calling authorities, the report states.

A Howitzer is a type of artillery that has a relatively short barrel. It propels projectiles at relatively high trajectories that also have a steep angle of descent.

The round discovered about 3 p.m. Friday was old and rusted. It contained just the head portion and no secondary charging apparatus, according to the report.

Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Ken Baca suggested the round could have been left on the property by someone who “collected this type of stuff.”

The Summit bomb squad removed the ordnance from the property, the report states.

Authorities told Spring if he locates anything similar in the future to allow the item to stay in its position and to call the sheriff’s office for safe removal.

Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or at sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.