Published January 23, 2008
CUMBERLAND, Maryland – History could have come to life in very much the wrong way at a veterans' museum where a rocket on display for two years was discovered to be live.
After Allegany County authorities were notified Wednesday that the Mark 1 rocket on display in Cumberland might be live, the state fire marshal's office and the FBI confirmed it was. Bomb experts removed the ordnance and rendered it safe.
The 48-inch-by-2.75-inch rocket was similar to those used on helicopter gun ships during the Vietnam War, said Deputy State Fire Marshal Joseph Zurolo Jr. A local veteran donated it to the museum, which is in a chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Zurolo said.
Authorities are investigating how the man came to possess the live ordnance.