RICH HILL, MO (KCTV) -- A bomb squad had to be called in after an employee found a military-grade mortar in a city building in Rich Hill.
According to the Bates County Sheriff's Office, deputies were called to assist the Rich Hill Police Department around 9 a.m. after a military grade mortar was found in a city-owned building.
An employee was looking for tools in the building when they came upon it.
When deputies arrived, they talked with the Lee's Summit Bomb Squad. They then referred the call to the Kansas City Bomb Squad.
Deputies sent pictures of the mortars to the KC Bomb Squad, who then referred it to the EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Specialists out of Fort Riley, Kansas.
They detonated a live mortar round found earlier today.
It’s reported that this was originally found approximately a year ago and placed on a shelf and forgotten.
The area has been deemed safe and emergency crews are currently clearing the area."