RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Rutherford county couple that collects old items got quite a surprise when someone gave them a gift that turned out to be potentially explosive.
The couple, who didn’t want to be identified, told News 2 a 75-year old woman the wife was helping move gave her a hand grenade she was using as a decorative ornament.
The husband, who has a military background, inspected the object and believed it to be a real live hand grenade.
“It did somewhat make me nervous after I looked at it and studied it for a little bit; it did kind of make me nervous,” the man said.
He put duct tape around the pin and handle and took it to the Rutherford county Sheriff’s Office.
“At first we thought it was just a dummy, but the more I looked at it I really thought it could possibly be real,” he said. “Wrapped it around to keep the pin from coming out, and I took the other piece and wrapped it around the handle so the handle wouldn’t discharge.”
But he didn’t want to take any chances with the hand grenade similar to this one.
“The likelihood of it going off without the pin being pulled was pretty slim, even though it was a live grenade,” he said.
Rutherford County authorities called in the Tennessee Highway Patrol Bomb Squad to inspect the grenade; they put it in a protective casing and ended up blowing it up at a rock quarry on Highway 231.
The hand grenade belonged to the 75-year-old’s father-in-law, who may have served in the World War II, according to the couple.
They are just grateful the people who had this in their homes didn’t play around with it.
“I was pretty thankful that nobody had pulled that pin because that thing had been as a souvenir in people’s home 50, 60 years ago,” the husband said. “I know enough about it that anywhere within 20 feet would be destroyed.”
No one was injured.