PGBT Reopens After WWII Mortar Shuts it Down in Rowlett

The President George Bush Turnpike has reopened after an explosive device from the World War II-era was found in Rowlett.

Police said a resident found an 81 millimeter mortar in another city and transported it to a home in the 4600 block of Bayonne Drive Monday morning.

A mortar is a muzzle-loading artillery piece that fires explosive projectiles.

The Garland Police Bomb Unit responded to the scene and determined the mortar was live.

They moved it to a nearby field and detonated it in a three-foot deep hole in the ground at about 1:15 p.m. Police are investigating the case.

The area was evacuated for safety reasons and because of proximity to the area, the turnpike was shut down from Interstate 30 to State Highway 66.

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