WWII mortar found in Bronx family's home

November 3, 2010 2:17:44 PM PDT
A family cleaning out the garage of their home in the Bronx, stumbled upon a mortar from World War II.

It was supposed to be a routine afternoon for the Brady's, cleaning out the garage at their home on Dewey Avenue.

The house once belonged to Pat Brady's late uncle, but before they knew it, Wednesday afternoon was anything but routine.

The Brady's discovered an old mortar shell from World War II.

"It looks like a mini torpedo, a green, mini torpedo, with the letters, H-E, which from what I'm told, meant highly explosive. It was kind of odd, so we kind of backed away," said Pat Brady, the veteran's niece.

They called in the cops and the bomb squad arrived.

The whole street was blocked off for about an hour, and the Brady's kept out of their home, for a while as a bomb-sniffing dog was brought in, to make sure that there were no other explosives.

It seems James Quinn, Pat's uncle who served in the military, liked to collect things.

"He has a lot of historical books, some memorabilia, it's the first piece that I found though that has gotten me into this predicament," Brady said.

Eventually the home was deemed safe.

The Brady's say they are confident they did the right thing, and what anyone should do when they stumble upon something like this.

"Not that it was live, it was just so old, it was unstable so, I think he's up there laughing," Brady said.

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