Military ordnance triggers 911 call
ELKTON — A man going through his late grandfather’s belongings called 911 Wednesday after finding a hand grenade, according to the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal.
Deputy Fire Marshal Bruce Bouch said the grenade, likely from World War II, was inert.
“These are sold as novelty items. They remove the cap and they remove the fuse,” Bouch said Thursday.
At that point, they are consid- ered novelty items, he said.
Kenneth Schwartzbeck called for help to his Elkton home after making the discovery.
“He was erring on the side of caution,” Bouch said. “He just wanted to make sure.”
Bouch said the grenades can be obtained online through military collector sites, but someone who is not a collector would not know if the grenade could suddenly go off.
“A bomb squad technician responded and he was able to recognize it was inert,” Bouch said.
The grenade was not destroyed.