Army disposes nonexplosive ‘practice bomb’ found in Eagle River

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 12:40

Police had to call in the troops after a “practice bomb” was found early Sunday morning in the back of a truck parked on an Eagle River street.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, police were called at around 4:27 a.m. on Nov. 11 for a report of a suspicious unoccupied vehicle. When officers arrived, they found what APD described as “a small torpedo” in the bed of a pickup truck.

Police contacted the U.S. Army , which sent personnel from the 716th Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) company, a unit within the Army’s 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Also known at the “Narwhals,” the EOD team arrived to find a M38A1 100-pound practice bomb, according to an email from Army spokesman John Pennell.

Pennell said the device was empty and contained no explosives. The Narwhals “recovered the item and returned to base,” wrote Pennell, who had no additional information about the incident.

According to the Picatinny Arsenal website, practice bombs are “non-lethal munitions that have the ballistic characteristics of the full sized weapon and are a vital part of training.”

However, the M28A2 appears to be an older version used primarily during WWII, according to several online discussions about the model.

APD spokeswoman Renee Oistad said it was clear to officers the device “was very old.” She said there was no threat to the public and the case did not appear to be criminal.

“There is no further action to take at this time,” Oistad wrote.

Police said the pickup truck was impounded because it was illegally blocking some mailboxes.

Email Star editor Matt Tunseth at [email protected] or call 257-4274.

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