June 12, 2022 - 6:55 p.m.The State Fire Marshall's Office has removed the unexploded mortar/ordnance and it will be transported to another location for remote detonation. There is no danger to the public.
UPDATE: Danger to Public Eliminated, Evacuation Over
The evacuation is over and residents are being notified that they may return to their homes. Thank you for your cooperation.
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Backyard Discovery Triggers Evacuation in Dubuque Neighborhood
At 3:23 p.m. this afternoon the Dubuque Fire Department was dispatched to a residence on Sarah Street after a resident digging in their backyard discovered what is believed to be an unexploded WWII-era mortar round/ordnance.
As a precaution, all approximately 25 properties in the neighborhood have been evacuated and Sarah Street is blocked to all traffic. Maryville Street is also blocked from Kaufmann Avenue to Kane Street.
In addition to the Dubuque Fire Department and Dubuque Police Department, the State Fire Marshall is on the scene and a specialist will determine if the ordnance is dangerous or not.
Residents are urged to avoid the area while first responders assess the situation and respond appropriately. Additional information will be shared when available.
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