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Museum displays bomb

January 25, 2008 5:14:48 AM PST
History could have come to life in very much the wrong way at a veterans' museum where a rocket on display for two years was thought to be live.

After Allegany County authorities were notified that a Mark 1 rocket on display in Cumberland might be live, the state fire marshal's office and the FBI were called and both thought it indeed was a live munition.

Army bomb experts removed the ordnance, examined it and determined it to be just a dud.

The 48-inch-by-2.75-inch rocket was similar to those used on helicopter gun ships during the Vietnam War, said Deputy State Fire Marshal Joseph Zurolo Jr. A local veteran donated it to the museum, which is in a chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Zurolo said.


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