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Bomb squad activated after discovery of explosives at St. Matthews home

Jean Hardin Jean Hardin

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Louisville Metro Police Department bomb squad was called to a home in St. Matthews Thursday after World War II-era explosives were found on the property.

According to St. Matthews police, two old mortar rounds were discovered inside the garage of the home in the 3600 block of Hanover Road.

Police said an elderly couple lived in the home. The husband, who served in the military, recently died. The wife now resides at a nursing home.

Around 11 a.m. Thursday, a construction crew getting the house ready to sell stumbled upon the mortars and called police. St. Matthews police called the LMPD bomb squad which verified the items were mortars. Army personnel was notified to come remove the explosives.

Jean Hardin, whose parents lived in the home for more than 40 years, said, "There's just no telling how long those have been in the garage."

As the Army pulled in to take the explosives, Hardin told us about the former soldier who owned them. He was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

"Dad was a collector of anything and everything," she said. Hardin said her father probably didn't even realize he had the mortars.

The mortars turned out to be training weapons.

Police said a handful of neighboring houses were evacuated, but they believed the neighborhood was safe. The mortars turned out to be training weapons. Authorities said if the mortars had been real and were detonated, they probably would destroy the garage and leave a crater in the earth, but neighboring homes likely would be left unscathed.

Hardin was glad she had good news to report back to her mother about the one last bit of mischief her father's collections caused.

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