Monterey, California A man digging a trench in his yard for a hot tub struck several vintage bottles and then something a bit more disconcerting. The 6 x 3 inch metal cylinder which he described as heavy and coated in a black, powdery material, turned out to be an old mortar round.
The Monterey County bomb squad responded, secured the area, and used a robot to remove the ordnance from the yard. The round was then transported by the bomb squad for off-site disposal. Eight houses in the area had to be evacuated during the removal of the UXO.
Fort Ord is in the Monterey area but it's unknown if the UXO originated from there or how it ended up in the residential lot.