NJ Woman Wakes Up- Finds Missile Launcher in Yard
(CBS) JERSEY CITY, N.J. A New Jersey woman made a shocking discovery on her lawn this morning when she noticed a military rocket launcher lying in the grass, reports CBS station WCBS-TV in New York.
The inoperable military training device was found on a lawn Friday and given to Army officials at Fort Monmouth, police said.
According to WCBS-TV, the launcher was an AT4 anti-tank missile launcher. According to online information from manufacturer Saab Bofors Dynamics, the weapon is effective against landing craft, aircraft and helicopters.
The device, believed to be about 20 years old, posed no hazard, police said. It may have been used for anti-tank training, police said.
Police and Army officials are investigating to determine how the device was left at the lawn.
Niranjana Besai was leaving her house in Jersey City, N.J., to go to work Friday morning when she saw the launcher on her front lawn and immediately contacted police. Besai’s house is located along flight path for Newark Liberty International Airport.
CBS2 has a video (HERE) on the troubling find. Authorities said it was the type of launcher that could take down a plane.
NBC4 has more:
A New Jersey state Homeland Security official said the tube is the kind that is “fired once and it is not usable again.” No ammunition was found at the scene.
The tube was part of a shoulder fired anti-tank system.Investigators said the serial numbers were still on the tube. They said they will use those numbers to track the origins.