Live mortar shells found at Murfreesboro apartments

(Courtesy: Christina Page)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Murfreesboro apartment complex was evacuated late Wednesday morning after several mortar rounds were found in the area.

Police were called to the Ashwood Cove II complex on North Tennessee Boulevard just after 10:30 a.m.

Authorities reportedly discovered several mortar shells and a training hand grenade in a backpack near a trash compactor.

The shells were found to be live, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol bomb tech troopers.

The explosive devices were taken to an area where troopers met with a unit from Fort Campbell. Since the mortar shells were military ordnance, protocols dictated that military Explosive Ordnance Disposal units had to render them safe, which they were.

It’s unclear at this time where the mortar rounds came from or why they were left by the apartments.