PEORIA, Ill. (AP) – An inspector at a Peoria recycling company found a World War II-era, Japanese-made land mine while sorting through items in the company’s scrap yard.
The (Peoria) Journal Star reports that the inspector was on the look-out for more common prohibited items, like propane tanks.
Lots of unusual items pass through the recycling center, but Behr Recycling Vice President Dave Rumer says the land mine was a first for his company.
Police on Tuesday said it wasn’t immediately clear if the device found Monday had active explosives inside. But Lt. Mike Eddlemon of the Peoria Police Department’s explosive ordnance disposal unit says “you never can tell.”
Eddlemon says the land mine was taken to a secure location so it could be turned over to a military ordnance disposal team.
Information from: Journal Star