Grandfather Leaves Family A Deadly Artifact

Lake County, Indiana A father is dead, and his two children were injured, when a grenade detonated in their Indiana home, according to authorities. The Lake County Sheriff's Department responded to the home following a reported explosion.

The family was reportedly looking through a grandfather's belongings when they found a hand grenade. The device detonated when someone pulled its pin, the sheriff's department said.

The father was found unresponsive and later pronounced dead. His two children, a 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old woman, were taken to an area hospital with shrapnel wounds.

The Porter County Bomb Squad responded to secure the area and search for any other explosive devices. The Lake County Sheriff's Department's investigation is on-going.

Americans Spark Chaos at Israeli Airport with Souvenir UXO

Lod, Israel American Tourists caused quite a bomb scare at Israel's Ben Gurion airport after they declared unexploded ordnance to airport security at luggage drop off. Security officials evacuated and closed off the area.

The shell was reportedly found while visiting the Golan Heights, which Israel captured during the 1967 Six Day War. The Golan was also the site of extensive fighting during the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

According to Israel's Airports Authority, one man was hospitalized after injuring himself trying to flee over a baggage carousel. The American travelers were interrogated by airport authorities but were eventually allowed to board their flight.

Live WWI Mortar Removed from South Dakota Home

Sioux Falls, South Dakota The Ellsworth Air Force Base EOD Team was called a Sioux Falls home to dispose of what was reportedly an "active WWI mortar shell." According to 1st Lt. Joshua Sinclair of the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, the two-person team responded to dispose of the ordnance. It was deemed live and safely removed for disposal. There are no details on the identification of the round or how it came to be inside the home, but according to the resident it was there for several decades.

EOD Responds to Pawn Shop Appraisal

Fort Hood, Texas EOD from Fort Hood were called in to dispose of a mortar round that was brought in to the B6UP Pawn & Gun store for appraisal. The patron was unaware that the ordnance was live, according to reports.

According to the pawn shop owner, it was in a canister labelled "60 millimeter M50 mortar." Army personnel responded to remove the ordnance. It was then taken to a safe location for detonation.

Medical House Call Turns Into UXO Response

Aberdeen, South Dakota Aberdeen Police were performing a welfare check on an elderly man when they discovered 3.5 inch M28A2 anti-tank heat rocket. Apparently the man brought the munition home as a memento after serving in the Korean War.



Veteran's Keepsakes are Cause for Concern

Twin Falls, Idaho A southern Idaho family was looking through an elderly relative's belongings when they were shocked to find two WWII-era grenades. One was found inside a shadow box and the other mixed in with other memorabilia belonging to the 94-year-old veteran.

The man's son-in-law did some research and decide to report to find to authorities, according to the Twin Falls Police Bomb Squad. The grenade in the shadow box was determined to be inert, but the other was deemed live. The Mountain Home Air Force Base EOD team was called in to detonate the ordnance at a local landfill.

Display Ordnance Reportedly Contained Live Detonator

Nhulunbuy, Australia A donation of WWII era historical artifacts resulted in a bomb disposal response by local police. The items donated by an elderly history enthusiast included several various ordnance items and related debris. The man reportedly had the items in his house for years after finding the items on a former property he owned near the airport.

Believing the items were safe, the man took the items with him when he moved 600 miles away to his current house where he used the munition items as bookends for years. Apparently the wife got tired of the items on display at the house and forced the man to get rid of them.



Family War Souvenir Turns Out To Be Live

Lexington County, South Carolina Deputies on the Lexington County Sheriff's Department Bomb Disposal team were called to a residential property after the resident requested assistance with an ordnance item. The resident told authorities that the round, identified as a WWII era 40mm anti-aircraft round was a souvenir that had been in the family for decades. However, recently a friend of the family thought the round was live and encouraged the owner to call the police.

As it turns out, the bomb disposal team did find that the item was indeed live. The item was safely removed from the house for proper disposal.

Hoarder Home Houses Suspected UXO

San Diego, California Police, firefighters and the bomb squad responded to a home in Mira Mesa following reports of suspected military ordnance. The scare prompted the evacuation of several homes in the neighborhood while officials searched the cluttered house for possible incendiary devices.

According to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, there were several hundred rounds of ammunition and at least a dozen military ordnance left behind by a deceased relative of the family. Items included mortar rounds, shoulder rocket launch-type shells and various handgun ammunition. All ordnance was deemed inert and removed from the scene.

Souvenir Found To Have Live Signal Cartridge

Whitman, Florida The grandson of a Navy veteran cleaning out a garage owned by the family came across an old souvenir his father brought home from his time in the Navy -- a miniature practice bomb. The practice bomb had been in the home for nearly 80 years tucked away in a garage.

The grandson who found the device reported seeing a charge in the tail fin assembly of the bomb. He took a picture of the device on his phone and showed it to the police at the station.



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