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      5 homes evacuated after mortar round is found

      FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Army officials say five homes at Fort Meade were evacuated briefly after a World War II-era mortar round was found during construction work.

      It happened about noon Thursday. Fort Meade spokeswoman Mary Doyle tells The Capital of Annapolis (http://bit.ly/1q14TVy) that workers removing dirt from a construction site found the round, which is similar to an empty shell casing.

      A 330-yard area was cordoned off and residents left their homes. An ordnance team removed the device, and residents were allowed back into their homes around 2 p.m.

      Doyle says ordnance is routinely found around the post.