A rocket propelled mortar has been removed from Totnes Recycling Centre for further investigation. It was placed in a skip and narrowly missed being crushed by a JCB.
It's not known whether the mortar had already been deactivated before being disposed of, or whether it had potential to explode.
– Councillor Roger Croad
We like to think that we can recycle most things to avoid them going into landfill, but rocket propelled mortars are definitely not on our list of recyclables.
Seriously though, it’s rather irresponsible to leave ammunition or explosives at your local recycling centre, and possibly endangering staff and the public.
Explosives and items like this require specialist disposal, and we ask anyone with such items to contact the Police or the Coastguard for further advice.
– Councillor Paula Black
Please can people check that the items they want to dispose of at the recycling centre are actually appropriate for recycling at the centre.
The recycling centre is now open and working again as normal.