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Mailbox mortar round mystery solved

A local man has admitted to police he dropped a WWII mortar round into a village mailbox last week, apparently as a drunken prank.

Sodanaikainen kranaatti.
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A resident discovered the explosive last Thursday afternoon while fetching newspapers from a mailbox in the village of Sundby in central Ostrobothnia.

Detained by police on Friday, a local middle-aged man confessed that he placed the mortar round in the box.

The perpetrator was unable to explain his motive, but heavy drinking is suspected to have played a part in the incident. He had acquired the mortar round from a close relative who had brought it home as a souvenir during WWII.

If the device had exploded, it could have caused serious injuries or possibly deaths.

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