Barksdale EOD team destroys munition found in Texarkana, TX

Barksdale EOD team destroys munition found in Texarkana, TX
A munition believed to be more than 100 years old was found April 21 in Texarkana, Texas. An explosive ordnance disposal team from Barksdale Air Force Base in Northwest Louisiana destroyed it next morning in a field behind Southwest Center City. (Source: Fred Gamble)

TEXARKANA, TX (KSLA) - The munition a man found while mowing in Texarkana, Texas, has been destroyed.

And police in the northeast Texas city say they were told the footlong device was believed to be more than a century old.

The discovery was made Sunday while a man was mowing a yard in the 3000 block of Magnolia Street.

That’s near the intersection of West 30th Street.

“The gentleman was mowing the yard, doing some yardwork there and just came upon it, saw it in the ground. I think he ... dug it up a little bit there and realized what it was and said ‘Oh, wait a minute. I’ve got a problem here’,” police spokesman Shawn Vaughn said.

Some residents awakened Monday morning to police tape and an explosive ordnance disposal team from Barksdale Air Force Base in Northwest Louisiana.

“They don’t want to take the chance. It is better to be safe than to be sorry,” said Sgt. Jason McCasland, a base spokesman.

The explosive ordnance disposal team took the ordnance about three miles to an isolated field behind Southwest Center City in the 3000 block of West 7th Street and safely destroyed it, leaving only pieces behind.

“There was a timer. Basically, what they said it they would do, they would turn that around and it would count down just like an egg timer,” a police officer on the scene said as he described a piece of what remained of the munition..

McCasland would not whether the ordnance was live.

“A munition that has been exposed or is older, there is always going to be some danger,” he explained.

And situations like this one provide the explosive ordnance disposal team valuable training, McCasland said.

“Events like this, they are uncontrolled environments. But it’s also a controlled environment because we have the community, we have our local law enforcment, we have our fire departments that are all helping to coordinate and take extra steps to make sure all of the civilians and anybody that’s around the area are safe.”

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