Construction crews find bomb in backyard

By Laura Geller - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) - We have more reaction from a scary situation in Hopewell.

Construction crews uncovered a bomb in backyard on the 2300 block of Maple Street. Residents were evacuated for hours. Construction crews were working to fix the foundation on a house at around 11:30. While using a backhoe to shift dirt, they found a scary and unwanted surprise.

A bomb in his backyard is not exactly what Shawn Williams thought workers would unearth.

"It was a little surprising because it's back in the back yard, my kids play back here I cut grass back here all day so you never know what's back there," said Williams.

When Niki Jones heard the sirens of Hopewell police and fire, along with the state police bomb squad, she didn't know what to think.

"I was cooking and the fire truck came and knocked on my door, told me I had to leave and I was cooking, my kids were in here, they weren't even dressed and we had to get out," said Niki.

Police evacuated nearby homes on Maple Street. The bomb squad figured out the rusty mortar shell was a practice bomb - meaning not live and not a danger. Residents were allowed back in their homes just before 3:00 p.m. but are now questioning what's in their own backyards.

"How many more are back there? And they are digging, so there's no telling what else they might find," said Niki.

Police tell us they believe the old shell could be from the World War two era.

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