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Mortar round found just outside Gate 3 of Fort Gordon; bomb squad sent

Vehicles of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office bomb squad and other officers can be seen on...
Vehicles of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office bomb squad and other officers can be seen on Oct, 19, 2020, outside Gate 3 of Fort Gordon.(WRDW)
Published: Oct. 19, 2020 at 11:51 AM EDT
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FORT GORDON, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office bomb unit was sent to deal with unexploded ordnance city utility crews ran across just outside Fort Gordon.

At about 10:49 a.m., Augusta utility crews found the ordnance just outside Gate 3 while digging a new trench for a water supply line, according to Geralyn Smith Noah, the posts’s director of public affairs.

A spokesman for the Army installation said he understood the ordnance was a mortar round.

After the discovery, officials at the post contacted the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, which sent the bomb squad.

The sheriff’s agency described its role as one of assistance, saying Fort Gordon authorities “have operational command of the incident at this time.” Post spokespeople, however, said the incident was outside the grounds of the post, so the sheriff’s agency had the lead role.

Inbound traffic to Gate 3 has been rerouted to Gate 1.

Check back with News 12 for updates.

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