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Hunter Finds Undetonated Artillery Shell In Smyrna Woods

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SMYRNA, Tenn. - A Smyrna man hunting for squirrels made a historical discovery: an undetonated artillery shell.

Steve Saddler stumbled across the undetonated 155 mm Howitzer round in the woods near his home, off Rocky Fork Road on Thursday afternoon.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol bomb squad called out the Fort Campbell bomb unit to pick up the device at Saddler's home.

Saddler said he heard there is a military past in the area.

"I was told the Stewart Air Force Base used to be over here in Smyrna, and in this area here on Rocky Fork, they used to do maneuvers out here," Saddler said. "Something from that could have fell off a truck back here; they just don't know."

This artillery was used in a number of wars including World War II and Vietnam. Experts on the scene said they believe the round is from the 1960's era.

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