Something is rotten in Hemet, California.
In May TPMmuckraker highlighted the alarming string of booby traps targeting the Southern California city’s police department. Local white supremacists were thought to be behind the traps.
Now, the Southwest Riverside News Network reports, a nine-pound vintage military rocket round was found on the roof of a a downtown Hemet building — and it was apparently pointed at the nearby police headquarters. Officers found the inert round when responding to a fire — the cause of which is not known:
After the blaze was extinguished, firefighters told police they had found a suspicion device on the roof of the market while trying to determine the cause. The item turned out to be a vintage military rocket, Wisehart said. Police responded along with members of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Hazardous Device Team, who rendered the rocket safe.
The rocket was determined to be a M29A2 inert training round, Wisehart said, and the device’s motor was ignited by unknown means. It appears that the general direction the rocket was pointed was towards a police facility, Wisehart said.