Land mines found in housing development

October 30, 2008 5:49:11 PM PDT
Construction workers in Fayetteville unearthed nearly a dozen old World War II Army land mines Thursday. A crew cutting a road through a wooded area behind the Carrington Place Apartments on South Riley Road dug up the ordinance.

An agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says 10 of the land mines were practice simulators, but two others were high explosive ant-tank mines that could have detonated.

"Obviously, they are designed to destroy tanks so obviously, you are talking about devastating damage not only people but structures of vehicles," agent Joe Lenczyk said.

The Fort Bragg bomb squad removed the mines. ATF agents say the landmines were at least 50 years old.

Agents also say they have been told the area used to be a part of Fort Bragg. They plan to search the area for any other explosives.


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