Mortar round proved to be non-lethal

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

Police officers responded to the 900 block of Loma Street where a resident reported he found what appeared to be a bomb, police reports said.

According to the police report, Agapito Castro said he found a bomb-like object about two weeks ago when he was working on a city tractor.

Castro stated that he "unscrewed the lower part of the iron round and long object and removed the lower part."

The report said Castro saw a firing pin inside the object, so he screwed it back in place.

The object later was identified as an 81 MM mortar Round used for practice by the government, the report said.

"Even though Mr. Castro had dismantled the object and had it in his possession for quite some time, the object sill posed a danger of detonating," the report said.

Police officials notified the Corpus Christi police department's bomb squad, which took possession of the item Tuesday evening.

The mortar was found to be a non-lethal projectile.