Teens Stumble Across Mortar Rounds in RM of Ritchot

By Tyler Sutherland

A mortar team from the U.S. Army's Centurion Company, 2-1 Infantry Battalion, 5/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team fire a 60mm round from a hand held tube outside Combat Outpost Terminator in Maiwand District, Kandahar Province April 21, 2010.   REUTERS/Tim Wimborne (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST MILITARY CONFLICT)

Two teenagers hanging out near the Rat River in the RM of Ritchot found what they say were two rockets on the weekend.

RCMP were called to the banks of the river on Saturday at about 6:30 p.m. after the teens reported their discovery.

Police attended and located two items believed to be mortar rounds used by the Canadian Forces — similar to the photo above. The RCMP’s Explosive Disposal Unit and the Canadian Forces 17 Wing E.D.F. (Explosive Disposal Flight) team were called in to examine the scene.

Police are unsure how the mortars ended up in the location and still don’t know whether they’re inert or live. They will be detonated at a later date and safely disposed of in Winnipeg.

The exact location of the discovery isn’t being made public, as police continue to examine the surrounding area to make sure there is no further safety risk.