Police bomb squad called after jogger finds armor-piercing tank round

Police say a jogger reported finding a armor-piercing tank round along the river in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. (Harrisburg Police )

The Pennsylvania State Police bomb squad was called after an armor-piercing tank round was found by a jogger.

The jogger flagged down police Sunday afternoon to report finding a strange object along the banks of the Susquehanna River in an area called Front Street River Walk in Harrisburg.

“Officers identified the object as a possible tank Sabot projectile,” a police spokesman said. “The area was secured and notification to the Pennsylvania State Police Bomb Squad was made.”

The bomb squad was able to confirm the object was a Sabot projectile.

Armour-piercing discarding sabot (APDS) is a type of kinetic energy projectile fired from a rifled-barrel gun to attack armoured targets. APDS rounds are sabot rounds, firing a spin-stabilized armor penetrating sub-projectile, and were commonly used in large calibre tank guns, up until the early 1980s, but have now been superseded by armour-piercing, fin-stabilised, discarding sabot (APFSDS) projectiles used in smooth-bore guns, firing a fin-stabilized armor penetrating sub-projectile.

Police said a bomb-sniffing dog was brought to the scene, and no other explosives were found.

Harrisburg Police issued the following statement on Sunday:

“On 10/22/17 at 1325 hours, Harrisburg Police were flagged down by a jogger on the Front Street River Walk at Peffer Street. The jogger advised the officer of a strange object in the river bank. Officers identified the object as a possible tank Sabot projectile. The area was secured and notification to the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Bomb Squad was made.

At 1531 hours, PSP bomb technicians arrived and confirmed that the object was a Sabot projectile. The projectile was collected and taken into custody by PSP. An HPD bomb K-9 was summoned after the projectile was secured to verify that there were no other explosives in the area. No other objects were found.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Harrisburg Police or submit information through our Crime Watch Portal”