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Bomb squad removes grenade from house
BY KEITH EPPS
It was small and it was old, but a device found in a Fredericksburg home Tuesday apparently still packed a lot of punch.
A live grenade from the World War II era was discovered in the bottom of a trunk by relatives who were cleaning up at 416 Riverside Drive for an older man who is moving, Deputy Fire Chief Mike Jones of the Fredericksburg Fire Department said.
The trunk, which was in the basement, also contained other items related to the resident’s service in World War II, Jones said.
The person who found it called 911, and fire officials later requested assistance from a Virginia State police bomb technician.
Jones said the technician confirmed that the grenade, which still had the pin in it, was the “real McCoy.”
Jones said the technician secured the device and removed it from the home for proper disposal.
No damage was done and the incident was cleared up within an hour of the initial call.
Jones said that while he is no explosives expert, he was told that the discovery of such devices have become less uncommon over the years as the World War II generation gets older and dies off.
Many brought them home as souvenirs from their days of service.
Keith Epps: 540/374-5404