Teen Killed By The FOOOM! From Not So Inactive Grenade

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Talk about bad luck. How many people in the US die from UXO from WW2 now a days?

When my Dad was a small boy, it went with my Grandpa to visit one of his friends for some reason or another. Dad said they were hanging around the guys garage and on the shelf was a grenade. Dad picked it up and started looking at it. He said the fellow quickly jumped up and ran over and asked for it back. He told Dad it was dangerous, walked outside and chucked it up on a hill side across the creek. Dad didn’t realize till later how close he came when his Dad explained to him it was a live grenade his friend had snuck back after coming home from the war. This was around 1952. It’s crazy to think that the guy brought it home and just set it on a shelf on his garage at his house. After the news below I have another story from Dad about WW2 bring home stuff.

Virginia teenager was killed in an explosion from a World War II-era hand grenade that authorities say was purchased at an antique mall in North Carolina.  

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) issued a statement about the incident on Thursday as agents search for other explosives that may have been unknowingly sold at the same Fancy Flea Antique Mall in Shallotte.  Thank God the Toppest of Top. Men. are on the case now.

Authorities did not reveal the identity of the teen, who was said to have died when the MK2 grenade detonated two days before Christmas on December 23 in Abingdon, Virginia. 

‘At the time of sale, neither the vendor nor buyer(s) believed the grenades to be functioning or hazardous,’ the ATF A Virginia teen was killed in an explosion from a World War II-era hand grenade that authorities say was purchased at the Fancy Flea Antique Mall (pictured) in Shallotte, North Carolina

A Virginia teen was killed in an explosion from a World War II-era hand grenade that authorities say was purchased at the Fancy Flea Antique Mall (pictured) in Shallotte, North Carolina 

The ATF said the MK2 grenade – a style used during WWII – was thought to be ‘inert’ at the time it was purchased at Fancy Flea on June 13.  

The agency had said in December they were looking for a grenade that was sold from that vendor in June and may be ready to explode. Good job boys. You saved the day. Do you think they just sat around and waited till they heard an explosion?

The explosive was initially believed to be inactive, but ‘subsequent information’ confirmed it could still contain materials that could render it combustible.  Yes. After it detonated the ATF used the subsequent information to determine that the thing was indeed live.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9131387/Teen-killed-WWII-era-MK2-hand-grenade-North-Carolina-antique-mall.html

Later on when my Dad was in his early teen years, there was a retired engineer who would pay him to do various chores for him. One day he told Dad to bring a friend to his house if he wanted to make some cash that day. They showed up and the fellow paid Dad and his friend to dig a hole and bury a Browning 1919 machine gun and 2,000 rounds of ammo for it in his yard. The guy died while Dad was later in Vietnam and as far as I know there is still a Browning .30Cal machine gun covered in cosmoline in a wood box still buried in the yard of that house bot even 2 miles from where I now sit.

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  1. When I used to see “inert” grenades (which have been illegal in Kalifornia for about 15 years…no surprise), the first thing I would look for was the bottom of it. If the bottom had a hole, it usually meant it was an M69 (round) or M30 (lemon) military practice training grenade for the actual M67 (round) or M26 (lemon) frag grenades.

    The second thing would be to shine a light in the hole to view the bouchant (fuse assembly), to ensure it wasn’t live. These training grenades took a training bouchant with a tiny charge that just “popped”. The training bouchant wouldn’t really hurt you unless it was near your eyes, but that still made them dangerous. Even in a training grenade, an actual live HE bouchant could be screwed in theoretically. An actual live HE bouchant is a blasting cap, so it would definitely hurt you.

    Practice/Training grenades (most ordnance for that matter) are normally blue in color, but to make them look more realistic, surplus stores like to paint them olive drab like the originals.

    If I ever come across a practice/training grenade, I would never pull the pin unless the above safety checks were performed. Bells and whistles would be going off if I looked at the bottom of it and there was no hole.

    Alas, in this day and age, the percentage of Americans with military service is so low that basic safety information is lost to the general public.

    OB used to talk about such things and he would say they were, “Self Correcting”. He said the same thing about incompetent explosive detection dogs that were being used to clear minefields left behind under that Afghan sand by the Soviets. That “Self Correcting” measure would leave behind only the best dogs.

      • I miss OB’s lines. In fact, I just plain miss OB. We lived in primitive conditions in the Madr Valley, but OB always lightened the mood. I used to enjoy our talks…and watching OB make the Sergeant Major’s blood boil. OB was the only one that could get away with that without some serious repercussions. I really need to search my old drives to get you more pics of OB.

  2. I have a story to go with ptmn’s training grenade.

    Long story short I brought one to school for show and tell. Didn’t go over well. haha

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