Fox Lake police get more than they bargained for on drug take-back day

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FOX LAKE (AP) — Fox Lake police got a little more than they bargained for during a recent prescription drug take-back day. A local resident showed up with a cardboard box containing a live World War II mortar round.

Police Chief Jim Rohr said he gently took possession of the box, which had a date of October 1945 on it. He says it was a little unnerving.

Rohr took the box to a nearby field and called the Dane County bomb squad.

The mortar round was identified as a 50mm high explosive Japanese “knee mortar.”

Rohr urges anyone who finds such an item to call the police before touching or moving it and officers would come and take a look to determine what should be done.

Besides a nearly 70-year-old grenade, Fox Lake police also collected 187 pounds of prescription drugs.