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‘Live’ Mortar Round Found on Judge’s Doorstep and Blown Up was a Gift from a Friend, Sheriff Says

Posted Aug 11, 2011 6:12 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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What yesterday was reported to be a "live" mortar round found on a Mississippi judge's back doorstep was actually a gift from a friend, apparently intended to be added to his collection of military paraphernalia, authorities told the Associated Press today.

Meanwhile, a military bomb squad blew up the round at a local airport.

However, no harm was done and the matter is now considered closed, Adams County Sheriff Chuck Mayfield said in a written statement.

"I think people may not want to give me little happies like that anymore," Judge Charlie Vess told the news agency.

His call at Adams County Justice Court includes preliminary hearings for murders, rapes and other serious crimes, so authorities felt it was better to be safe than sorry.

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