Live WWII grenade found in Shelby County home


This Japanese, World War II-vintage hand grenade was found in a Shelby County home, Monday, Nov. 26. The live device was safely detonated in a remote area by the Wright Patterson Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit, which was called in by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

This Japanese, World War II-vintage hand grenade was found in a Shelby County home, Monday, Nov. 26. The live device was safely detonated in a remote area by the Wright Patterson Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit, which was called in by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.


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SIDNEY — The Wright Patterson Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit (EOD) was called to Shelby County, Monday, Nov. 26, to destroy a live, World War II-era, Japanese hand grenade.

According to a release by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, the explosive device was found in some military memorabilia at a home along Miranda Road.

The sheriff’s office received a report of a possible explosive device, the report said. A deputy responded and took a photograph of the device and sent the photo to the EOD. From looking at the picture, the EOD tech thought it was possibly a Korean-type of grenade.

The residence was secured; EOD arrived on scene and removed the device from the residence. The device was found to be a live, Japanese model 97 hand grenade, which was from the WWII era. The device was taken to a remote area and destroyed by EOD.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office reminds residents who find items of this type to report them to their local law enforcement agencies. The EOD technicians advised that they often have reports of this type during the holidays, when families look over items of loved ones’ past military service.

Anyone who comes across a suspicious device should call the police or the sheriff’s office, because a lot of these devices are still live and can cause death or serious injuries.

This Japanese, World War II-vintage hand grenade was found in a Shelby County home, Monday, Nov. 26. The live device was safely detonated in a remote area by the Wright Patterson Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit, which was called in by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/11/web1_Live-grenade.jpgThis Japanese, World War II-vintage hand grenade was found in a Shelby County home, Monday, Nov. 26. The live device was safely detonated in a remote area by the Wright Patterson Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit, which was called in by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. Courtesy photo