WWII mortar found on Jacob’s Ladder trail in Draper

Jul 13, 2022, 4:31 PM | Updated: 5:32 pm
(Salt Lake Climbers Alliance)...
(Salt Lake Climbers Alliance)
(Salt Lake Climbers Alliance)

DRAPER, Utah — Crews working to reroute the Jacob’s Ladder trail found a WWII mortar that had to be safely removed.

The crews were working on a portion of the new trail on June 28, after the previous part of the trail that suffered erosion up to six feet deep.

The crew came across the WWII mortar and called emergency services to safely remove it.

The National Guard was able to safely remove the item and said “the timing had gone off, but it didn’t ignite the powder inside so it never actually exploded.”

They don’t know where it came from but that it’s most likely been there for 30+ years.

Since the ignition source was missing, it was safe to carry down the mountain for them to dispose of it properly.

According to a social media post by the Salt Lake Climbers Alliance, it states, “They weren’t concerned that there would be more mortars on the project site, but the crew did the right thing by not touching it and calling Emergency Services with the GPS location. If you see mortars in the Wasatch, be sure to call 801.840.4000 to report and remove safely.”

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WWII mortar found on Jacob’s Ladder trail in Draper