Live bomb found in bathroom wall
St. Francis - A 70-year-old St. Francis man was surprised to find a live military ordnance lodged in his bathroom wall last week after he demolished it as part of a remodeling project.
The small green missile, measuring 20 inches long with a 5-inch explosive head and four tail fins, was discovered on April 5 by William Wittman, 70, of 2043 East Leroy Ave. It was taken outside and placed on the grass next to a detached garage by Wittman's 60-year-old wife, Sallyann.
Sallyann Wittman called police, who asked that both the Wittmans and neighbors in the immediate vicinity of the missile evacuate their homes for a short period.
The bomb squad from the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department was summoned and used a portable X-ray machine, which determined that the missile was live. The bomb squad took the missile to the St. Francis Department of Public Works lot, where it was detonated.
Nothing else was discovered in the bathroom wall, and no further information was available on how the missile was placed there.
- John Rondy, correspondent
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