Illinois: A deminer responds to a WWII grenade


A bomb disposal team was called in to remove an “old war relic” that turned out to be a grenade from a home in Illinois, police say.

A home in Westchester, Illinois was being renovated when the construction crew “came across what they believed was essentially a war grenade” on September 7, the police sergeant said. Michael Fellers told CNN.

The crew moved the object outside and called police, who in turn called the Cook County Bomb Squad, Fellers said.

The demining team thought it was probably a World War II practice grenade due to the color and markings on its casing, he said. Practice grenades always carry a detonating charge, so it would have been dangerous, Fellers said.

Item was removed and destroyed by bomb squad. The explosion from the practice grenade “would have been like a big firecracker”, he said.

The police department believes the former occupant of the home was a military veteran and a gun and weapon collector, according to Fellers.

Fellers said the discovery of explosives in wartime is quite rare.

“I’ve been there for 12 years,” he said. “Maybe five or six years ago something similar happened.”


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