Vietnam-era military weapon found in garage

June 27, 2019 11:13 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- The scene is now clear in a neighborhood on Rochester's east side after quite the unusual scare. 

A man on Schum Lane found what police say is a "Vietnam-era military ballistic projectile" causing authorities to call in the Department of Defense from Fort Drum.

While police evaluated the weapon, a large portion of the neighborhood surrounding Schum Lane was closed. Roger Vercruysse lives on Northland Avenue. 

"I was working on my porch out here and I heard all kinds of cops and fire trucks coming down," Vercruysse said.

The crews rushed to Dean Feldman's home where the projectile was sitting in the driveway. Feldman says he was hired to demolish a garage on Rocket Street. While cleaning out the garage, he found the 40-year-old weapon in a cardboard box and put it in his car.

Feldman drove to his home on Schum Lane where he took a picture holding the weapon. At the time, he didn't know that it could have launched at any moment.

"I didn't really think about it, I just called 911," Feldman said. "They got here, blocked everything off and they just took care of business."

Feldman says he saw the serial numbers on the device but still didn't understand the severity of the situation. Rochester Police called in the bomb squad and contacted the Department of Defense in Fort Drum.

The discovery blocked off several streets in the area concerning some residents like April Anderson.

"I don't know what that is but it doesn't sound good," Anderson said. "If it's from Vietnam, it's really old so they have to handle it with care."

Authorities eventually moved the device and will be handing it over to the Department of Defense to "secure" it. Now that everyone is safe, Feldman can laugh it off.

"They were here for like six hours just waiting, waiting, waiting finally someone just suited up and picked it up put it in the truck," Feldman said. "I would've done it but it took six hours."


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