Ohio trash sweep nets rocket launcher

May 26, 2007 at 2:39 PM

HAMILTON, Ohio, May 26 (UPI) -- A civic-minded clean-up effort in Ohio turned up a military rocket-launcher someone apparently had stashed behind a telephone pole.

A member of a work detail from the Butler County Jail spotted the Vietnam-era M72 launcher covered by brush and leaning against a pole in Hamilton during a citywide spring cleaning program this month.

Sheriff Richard Jones told the Dayton Daily News Saturday the tube-like launcher was used to fire LAWS anti-tank rockets and may have been someone's souvenir from the Army. An inspection showed part of the weapon was missing, making the M72 inoperable.

"It's pretty bizarre and scary to find something like this in your neighborhood," Jones said, adding, "It makes you wonder what they were using it for."

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