Live grenade sold at Michigan garage sale


By Daniel Uria


Sept. 7 (UPI) — Bomb squads responded to a scene in Michigan after a resident purchased what turned out to be a live grenade was sold at a garage sale.


A man said he pulled the grenade’s pin after purchasing it at a garage sale when the handle sprung forward.


He placed the pin back in the grenade and showed it to his brother, a member of the military, who informed him he had purchased a live grenade.


The man then placed the grenade in the forest and called 911, which dispatched the bomb squad at about 6 p.m. on Saturday, reported.


Bomb squads found the grenade in a patch of woods and identified it as an MK2 hand grenade used by U.S. armed forces from WW2 to Vietnam.


The grenade was later examined via X-ray and Michigan State Police Lt. David Kaiser stated it wasn’t capable of exploding.


While the grade was ultimately not a threat, MSP Bomb Squad Sgt. Rick Bekemeier told the Midland Daily News the brothers did the right thing by contacting police.


“Kudos to them for thinking it was live. That’s the best way to handle it,” Bekemeier said. “They did the right thing by calling us.”