Mil­i­tary ord­nance trig­gers 911 call

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER jbellmyer@ce­cil­

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.

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