Friday, August 6
Homemade Cruise Missile
Missile Found Outside Lansdale City Meeting
Police evacuated Borough Hall shortly before Borough Council’s 8 p.m. meeting – interrupting two separate council committee meetings being held at the time – after discovering that a missile in the back seat of a car was pointed straight at the building.
The missile arrived in the LeSabre of Lansdale resident Mark Shotwell. Shotwell‚ who was not taken into custody or suspected of wrongdoing in the event‚ was driving south on the Pennsylvania Turnpike earlier in the evening when he pulled over for a moment’s rest and found the object.
“I was traveling back from Wilkes Barre and I pulled over to the side of the road to take a leak‚” Shotwell said. “I didn’t realize it was real until I got it here.”
Shotwell said he found the device‚ which he initially thought was just a toy‚ leaning up against a trash can on the turnpike‚ not far from the Allentown exit.
He drove the remaining 45 minutes back home and showed the item to his father‚ a retired officer with the United States Air Force.
Shotwell said his father told him what he had and advised him to report the item directly to the police department.
“I was a little shaky‚” he said. “I was handling the thing‚ playing with it like a toy.”
The object weighed about 5 pounds and was about 2 feet long. The object resembled a surface-to-air missile.