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Rocket designed to carry nuclear warhead discovered in man’s garage in Bellevue

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A rocket designed to carry a nuclear warhead has been discovered in the garage of a house in the United States.

Police in Bellevue, a city across Lake Washington from Seattle, were called Wednesday evening to a report of a military-grade rocket by the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Wash. Ohio.

A Bellevue resident called the museum and said he wanted to donate an item belonging to a deceased neighbor.

The man said his neighbor originally purchased the rocket at an estate sale.

The Bellevue Police Department contacted the man who approached the museum, and bomb squad members later gained access to the missile.

They inspected the rocket and discovered it was a Douglas AIR-2 Genie, an unguided air-to-air rocket designed to carry a 1.5 kt W25 nuclear warhead.

No warheads were attached.

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Photo: Bellevue Police Department
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Photo: Bellevue Police Department

An image of a similar AIR-2 Genie rocket with a replica nuclear warhead attached.  Photo: Bellevue Police press release (photo by Steve Heeb)
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An image of a similar AIR-2 Genie rocket with a replica nuclear warhead attached. Photo: Bellevue Police press release (photo by Steve Heeb)

Bomb squad members confirmed that the object was inert and did not contain rocket fuel, meaning it was an artifact with no explosive risk.

The police said they were able to leave the object with the neighbor so that it could be restored and then displayed in a museum.

In a nod to Elton John’s classic song Rocket Man, Bellevue police posted on social media platform this one.”

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