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‘Possible unexploded mortar round’ that shut down Fairbanks highway was vehicle part, troopers say

  • Author: Laurel Andrews
  • Updated: December 27, 2017
  • Published December 26, 2017

Update, 2:45 p.m. Wednesday:

The object thought to be a "possible unexploded mortar round" turned out to be a "drive line," which is a vehicle part, according to Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters.

Original story: 

Alaska State Troopers were investigating a "possible unexploded mortar round" in Fairbanks that had closed down a main highway Tuesday afternoon, troopers said in a written statement.

Around 3:10 p.m., troopers got a report of the possible mortar near Mile 352 of the Richardson Highway, troopers said. The caller said he believed it was a 61-millimeter mortar round.

The highway was shut down and traffic was being diverted to Badger Road. It reopened around 5:30 p.m.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit from Eielson Air Force Base was communicating with officers on scene, troopers said.

A Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reporter posted additional details on Twitter:

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