Decades old artillery round found in desert near Snake River

Decades old artillery round found in desert near Snake River
Courtesy Elmore County Sheriff's Office
ELMORE COUNTY, Idaho (KBOI) - Elmore County Officials say a live artillery shell possibly last used more than 50 years ago was discovered in the desert near the Snake River in southern Idaho.

On April 6, an Airman from the Mountain Home Air Force based was walking his dog on the Snake River when he found the artillery round over a cliff.

The Airman reported the device to the Elmore County Sheriff's Office. Bomb technicians say the device was a M107-155mm artillery round that contained 15 pounds of explosives and a live fuse, which was still in tact.

Bomb technicians told Elmore County that it's likely the artillery round has been in the desert for quite some time. Officials haven't used a device like that since the 1960s.

The device was determined to be too unstable and officials destroyed the device on site.