Dispatch: "Engine 11 respond to ******, possible bomb"
"Engine 11 en route, do you have any other information?"
Dispatch: "Engine 11, caller states that it looks as though some live ordnance has fallen from a military aircraft. Caller states it landed on her neighbors property."
With a puzzled look my Captain acknowledged dispatch.
We arrive at the address and see nothing. We ask for more information from dispatch, they have nothing. The caller is gone to work, she says she saw it on her way to work. The front of the property is maybe an acre. We drive by twice to see if we can see anything from the road.
When that doesn't work we get out and enter the property. We cross the barbed wire fence and spread out a bit. The mesquite trees are thick and we walk carefully around. I'm ready to give up when our fireman yells "Oh shit!"
The Captain and I run over to find him staring at it in front of him. It's green and obviously military. Four tail fins, about 1 1/2 feet in diameter, a good 7 feet long.
It's a fuel tank. It fits under the wing of some type of aircraft, most likely from the 60's or 70's. If you look closely, you can see the JP4 designation on it. It didn't fall out of the sky, the property owner bought it and thought it would look cool.
We laugh about it, the first time.
We also answer at least 5 more calls on it in the next 2 weeks. The cops finally tell the property owner to put a sign on it, or move it out of sight of the road.