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Plover town officials find World War II Explosive in dumpster


A dumpster at the Plover Town Hall turned up something alarming.

Town leaders brought in the police and even the bomb squad.

"We crawled in the dumpster and once I lifted it up to where my son could grab it, we kind of thought to each other why are we picking this up are we crazy?," said Tim Karcheski, Plover town chairman.

What they found was a 105 millimeter howitzer artillery shell from World War II.

The shell measures just over four feet tall.

Karcheski and his son set it on the ground and backed away.

That's when they called police.

"They arrived and took a look at it and couldn't determine if it was real or not," said Karcheski.

That's when officers called the Marathon County Bomb Squad.

Meanwhile, town leaders tried to find out how the shell got there.

"We came into our town hall and looked through the video and I was able to recognize the gentleman that had put it in there," said Karcheski.

That man is Kent Zelhofer.

Zelhofer tells Newsline 9 that he was helping clean out the basement of his mother in law's house.

"I went over with my pickup and they had a bunch of stuff waiting and ready to go," said Zelhofer.

He adds that he didn't realize the artillery shell was in the pile of trash until he got to the dumpster.

"They just said it's full of cement so we had to get rid of it," said Zelhofer.

Once authorities learned the shell wasn't a threat they called off the bomb squad.

Karcheski says he was shaken up and that he hope this never happens again.

"Hopefully people know that with these things you need to call the proper authorities to get rid of them," said Karcheski.

For now, the artillery shell will be on display at the Plover Town Hall.

Authorities say the man who threw away the shell is not in trouble.

Town leaders say they hope to find a permanent home for the shell, perhaps at the local VFW.

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