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Police issue press release on recovered grenade from WWII era

Posted 5 November 2014 at 12:00 am

Provided photo – This hand grenade was found inside the basement of a house on West Park Street on Tuesday.

Press Release
Albion Police Chief Roland Nenni

ALBION – The Albion Police Department was dispatched to 231 West Park St. on Tuesday for a possible live hand grenade that had been found inside the residence.

Albion Police personnel arrived on scene and found what appeared to be a live World War II era hand grenade in the basement of the residence.

The grenade was found by a private contractor who was cleaning out the house after an estate sale. The home was lived in by an elderly woman who resided in the home since the 1920s. She had recently moved out of the home to live with relatives.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad was called to the scene. The Bomb Squad technicians evaluated the grenade and determined that in fact was a live WWII era ordnance. The grenade was removed by the Bomb Squad and placed in a secure container and taken from the scene. The grenade will be detonated by the Bomb Squad at a later time.

It is believed that the grenade was brought to the home by the elderly woman’s brother or brother-in-law. They both lived at the residence for a short time after their military service during WWII.