Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Military Bomb Sat in Manitoba Basement for More Than 25 Years: RCMP

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Military Bomb Sat in Manitoba Basement for More Than 25 Years: RCMP

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Decades-old bomb taken from Manitoba basement

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WINNIPEG - When Manitoba RCMP put out a call for unwanted firearms and ammunition, they weren't expecting to come across a decades-old military bomb being stored in a basement.

A month-long amnesty program began in June so people could safely get rid of firearms and ammunition.

On Monday, officers received a surprising call about a bomb which had been stored in a basement in Portage la Prairie, Man., for more than 25 years.

"It's not something that we see every day that's for sure," RCMP spokeswoman Tara Seel said Wednesday.

Bomb experts determined it was not operational and it was taken into custody.

Seel said they aren't sure exactly how long -- or why -- the person kept the bomb. …

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