Mortar shells force evacuation of city hall in Missouri

BONNE TERRE, Mo. | An eastern Missouri city hall was evacuated after a resident found a mortar shells and took them in for inspection.

It happened Friday in Bonne Terre. City hall and a two-block radius were evacuated after a man found mortar shells while cleaning a house.

He took the shells in for city officials to inspect. Those officials weren't sure if the mortars were live, and an evacuation was ordered as a precaution.

Ammunition experts from Fort Leonard Wood were being brought in to determine whether the mortars were a danger.