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Indian American finds rocket launcher in garden

Niranjana Desai said she was shocked to find the six-foot long weapon as she was getting ready to leave for work.
IANS | By HT Correspondent, New York
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2007 04:25 PM IST

An Indian American woman was shocked to discover a military rocket launcher lying in the lawns of her New Jersey home.

Niranjana Desai, 66, said she found the six-foot long weapon on Friday as she was getting ready to leave for work and immediately called the police.

Police removed the launcher and the incident is now being investigated by the joint terrorism task force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).It is not yet known how the weapon ended up in Desai's yard.

Desai's neighbour, Joe Quinn, said he originally thought the launcher was just a pipe, but after noticing that it had a picture of a soldier on it, he realised it looked similar to a missile launcher he'd seen on television, reported.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms confirmed that the weapon is a military issued one, identified as a model AT-4, primarily used as an anti-tank weapon, said.

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