Coconino County Sheriffs Office

Coconino County Sheriff’s deputies and two bomb squads were called out to Fort Tuthill Tuesday after an unexploded piece of military ordnance was found.

According to CCSO, deputies received a call around 5:20 p.m. Tuesday that a man found what looked to be an unexploded military ordnance. CCSO Lt. Jim Coffey said the device was a shoulder-fired rocket that was found in the southwest corner of Fort Tuthill west of the campground.

Deputies think the device was unearthed during a recent excavation. Fort Tuthill was used as a training site and home for the 158th Infantry Regiment Arizona National Guard from 1929 to December 1948.

Deputies called in officers from the Flagstaff Bomb Squad who, after examining the device, called the Explosive Bomb Disposal Unit assigned to Luke Air Force Base. Deputies guarded the device overnight until the Air Force unit could arrive. The Air Force Bomb Disposal Unit detonated the device in place at around 1 p.m. Wednesday.

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Suzanne writes about education and business. She covers the local school district, charter schools and Northern Arizona University. She also writes the Sunday business features.

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