Neighborhood evacuated after suspicious device dug up and brought home

John Hackworth

CANON CITY, CO (WCMH) – A Colorado neighborhood was evacuated after two people fished a suspicious device out of a river and brought it home.

John Hackworth tells NBC affiliate KOAA-TV he was fly fishing over the weekend when he saw what he believed was an old knife handle.

He went back the next day with his nephew the next day, dug it up, and uncovered what appeared to be some sort of military device.

“It was crazy, I was hitting with a shovel and it didn’t do anything so I dug it out of the hole, and I shoved it up on the shore and took it home,” Hackworth said.

The pair brought it home, where the parents of Hackworth’s nephew called 911.

Police and the bomb squad were called in. More than a dozen homes were evacuated.

After the incident, Hackworth told KOAA, “I was like it could be live, it could be a dud, it could be a practice round, it could destroy the entire city of canon city…. But i don’t know why but my boy instinct kicked in and i wanted to — ‘cool i wanna bring it home, it’s so cool'”

Hackworth says he does regret bringing it home. “If i find anything that looks like a bomb, don’t touch it, cuz i ruined a lot of people’s evening for it just for me thinking it’s cool, but it’s never going to happen again!”

The device was later identified by Fort Carson as an old tank round. If it went off, it could have cause significant damage.

The bomb squad was able to secure the device and take it off site to destroy it. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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