Grenade found in sack of potatoes

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  1. pawn

    pawn Active Member

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    Caught this story on BBC today, thought I would share....

    A 74-year-old Italian woman was shocked to find a live grenade in a sack of potatoes she had bought at a market.
    Olga Mauriello, from a small town near Naples, had put the potatoes into water to peel them when she discovered the mud-covered, pine cone-shaped grenade.

    She alerted the neighbours, who in turn called the police.

    Officers detonated the grenade on Wednesday in a park in the town of San Giorgio Cremano. It is thought to have come from a farm in France.

    The grenade had no safety pin and was still active. It is believed to be a type used by the US Army in Europe during World War II.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6407963.stm
  2. Nighthawk

    Nighthawk New Member

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    that would very bad to find in you groderies and worse to not find until too late:eek:
  3. It's frightening to think just how much unexploded ordinance is likely still scattered throughout Europe as a result of both world wars. Considering the millions upon millions of shells, bombs, and grenades that were used by all sides, there's bound to be a lot sill buried with dud fuses but intact charges. I read an article a while back that pointed out they're still finding unexploded shells in the farmlands of Belgium and France from the First World War.
  4. pickenup

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    Scary thought.
  5. clmanges

    clmanges New Member

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    I think that about every time they dig a foundation for a new building over there, they find some more of the stuff, all kinds. Scary, indeed!
  6. Lead Lobber

    Lead Lobber Former Guest

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    Gives the term "Hot Potato!" new meaning :(

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