Cloquet police warn of safe disposal of potential explosivesWhat might have been a dangerous situation recently led to a warning to others from the Cloquet Police Department.
By: Wendy Johnson, Pine Journal
What might have been a dangerous situation recently led to a warning to others from the Cloquet Police Department. A well-meaning Cloquet resident came to the police department with a military ordnance shell that she came across while cleaning out a house.
According to a report by Chief Wade Lamirande, one of the officers immediately isolated the shell and contacted the Air Force Explosive Ordnance Team of the 194th Air National Guard Unit in Duluth. The shell was subsequently determined by the unit to be non-active or inert.
The shell was then removed and taken to another location for proper disposal.
Deputy Chief Terry Hill said that while the department doesn’t see such items very often, they do encounter them from time to time, including old military ordnance, bullets, metal lockboxes or other possible explosives.
“It’s probably only happened a handful of times in my entire tenure with the department,” said Hill.
He advised that anyone coming across such devices should call — not come into — the department first.
“It’s best to leave them lie and contact the authorities rather than bringing them into the department,” said Hill. “If that type of thing is transported, you might run the risk of it imploding.