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Officials at Joint Base Lewis-McChord said Wednesday that an anti-tank weapon recovered from an off-base location was never on the base to begin with.

Upon initially investigating the incident in September 2011, JBLM officials determined that the weapon found was not at JBLM, I Corps spokesperson LTC Gary Dangerfield said in a statement.

JBLM investigators do not know where the weapon came from but believe that it did not come from JBLM.

KING 5 News reported Tuesday that five Army soldiers are under investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for smuggling a rocket launcher off the base.

Sources told KING 5 News that the M72 light anti-tank weapon (LAW) was armed with a live rocket.

JBLM takes the security of weapons systems and ammunition very seriously, Dangerfield said. A check of the on-base inventory of M72s for the past five years has revealed no discrepancies. We will not speculate on where the weapon came from; that is part of the BATF's ongoing investigation.

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