WW2 Era Hand grenade

Michigan man finds hand grenade while fishing in river

CNN Reports: The magnet fisherman was hoping to find something interesting when he dropped his line in the Grand River on Tuesday, but then he pulled up something explosive.

We mean that quite literally — Joseph Alexander fished out an antique mortar grenade.
He made the find from the Sixth Street bridge in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, which is about a half-mile from the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum.
“It’s probably been submerged for some time and due to its age it’s probably somewhat innocuous,” Sgt. John Wittkowski told CNN. He said the bomb squad did not X-Ray the weapon to see if it was still live, but they plan to use C4 explosives to destroy it as a precaution.
Alexander was using a strong magnet tied to a 65-foot-long cord to search for metal objects in the cold water.
He told CNN that he’d found some rebar, fishing hooks and things like that, but hadn’t pulled up anything interesting until his last throw of the day.
“It was a very strong click,” when the magnet latched onto the grenade.
Alexander said he was alarmed when he first pulled it up but convinced himself that it wasn’t really a grenade and took it home.
He posted photos of his find online and then called the police when people told him that it was probably real.
A bomb squad officer came and took it away. Wittkowski said this sort of thing happens from time to time, especially as magnet fishing becomes a more popular hobby.
“I’m not sure how and why this happens, but it does,” he said. His guess is people find their relative’s war souvenirs and throw them in the river to get rid of them.
Alexander has been magnet fishing for about a month after watching lots of videos about the hobby on YouTube. He says he’s pulled about 2,000 pounds of metal out of the water over that time.
“It kind of combines environmentalism and treasure hunting,” he said. “Cleaning up the waterways, and while you’re doing that finding some cool artifacts.”
He says you feel a satisfying click in the rope when you find something.
“That’s when you know ‘I found something awesome,” he said. “You kind of just cross your fingers and pray that nothing in the water knocks it off your magnet.”
Most of what he’s found has been junk like rusted bicycle wheels, a crowbar, car parts, and railroad spikes.
Before Tuesday, the coolest thing Alexander said he’s found was a Smith & Wesson hunting knife that someone had dropped in the water.
Source: CNN

2 Replies to “Michigan man finds hand grenade while fishing in river”

  1. World War 2 Grenade?!

    Sorry to “burst” your bubble folks! According to my military training the object in the accompanying photograph is NOT a grenade! Take a closer look a the rusted out stabilization fins on the left side (tail end) of this explosive device. You will also notice the detonator pin on the right side (nose) of this object which causes ignition when it reaches it’s target.

    Yes boys and girls, this is indeed a World War One “Mortar Shell”!! A grenade is a whole different matter. Just Google “world war 1 mortar shell”. In the top left hand corner you will see the object in question.

    Click on either picture and it will take you to a Youtube channel that will further explain the technological aspect of this deadly military weapon.

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    1. I should further add, although grenades and mortar rounds have a somewhat similar internal detonating devices, they differ in one area. A grenade is meant to explode several seconds after the “pin” is pulled whereas a Mortar round explodes on contact.

      The inner contents of a grenade are,
      1) A primer
      2) A striker
      3) A time fuse
      4) A relay charge
      5) a detonator
      6) and a charge of flake and granulated T.N.T.

      Without giving too much away, a mortar round basically consists of the following.
      1) A primary charge and augmented charge in the tail section for propelling the mortar
      2) An impact fuse in the nose
      3) An exploder beneath this fuse
      4) High explosives in the main body. (shrapnel may be included)

      Knowing the basics is key when dealing with these types of weapons. If you find any type military weapon, DO NOT TOUCH THEM !! They are extremely dangerous in any condition.

      The magnet fisherman and the police were very, very, fortunate in this circumstance. Had any of them dropped the Mortar Shell on it’s nose or caused the slightest movement of the impact fuse in any way, they may have been blown to SMITHEREENS !!

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