Anti-tank missiles removed from Leesburg neighborhood
According to Loudoun County Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief James Williams, a homeowner in the 500 block of Rockbridge Drive SE was cleaning out her garden shed on June 29 when she found the missiles. She took a photo of the explosives and showed it to authorities, and at approximately 1:30 p.m. Leesburg Police Department and the Loudoun County Bomb Squad went to the scene. The police and bomb squad established a safety perimeter of approximately 100 feet in the neighborhood. Representatives from the U.S. Army arrived a few hours later.
As posted on Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstattd’s Facebook, the perimeter was extended to 400 yards and police went door-to-door evacuating residents. Around 100 people were evacuated.
According to the mayor's posting, officials believe the missiles were Desert Storm era.
In between 10 and 11 p.m. the missiles had been removed from the area by military personnel. At around 11:30 p.m., residents were notified it was safe to return home.
The homeowner has stated that she does not know how the bombs got in the shed.
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