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CCSO destroys mortar found near San Pedro River

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SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. -

You can find all sorts of interesting things while hiking in the desert, but this isn't something you'd want to come across.

We're learning about a scary discovery down in southern Arizona.

A hiker found a mortar shell near the old Charleston town site near the San Pedro River.

The Cochise County Sheriff's office says a bomb technician identified it as a 60 millimeter high explosive mortar projectile.

The hiker actually put it in his backpack and brought it to the police -- something they don't recommend.

The shell was taken to a vacant field where it was destroyed.

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