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Natchez judge receives explosive

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Judge Charlie Vess, photo courtesy: Natchez Democrat Judge Charlie Vess, photo courtesy: Natchez Democrat
NATCHEZ, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A judge in Natchez received what turned out to be a not-so-special delivery, when an explosive device was left at his back door Tuesday night. Justice Court Judge Charlie Vess said he felt fortunate nobody was hurt after he and his wife received the explosive.

Vess says his wife found what turned out to be a 81-millimeter mortar round on their back porch. Vess who actually collects military artifacts recognized the device and knew better than to handle it.

He called the Adams County Sheriff's Office to send out an investigator. Sheriff's deputies contacted Army personnel at Fort Polk in Alexandria, Louisiana to identify the explosive and confirm that it was a live round.

Following the confirmation a bomb disposal unit took care of the device and detonated it without incident, according to Vess.

Investigators are looking into where the device came from, but Vess said there was no immediate evidence inferring some type of insidious attack. Vess said there was no note expressing motive left with the mortar and he has not noticed anything suspicious in the days leading up to the incident.  

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