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Bomb squad disposes of hand grenade found in Springfield

Authorities worked to dispose of it safely.

Posted: Feb 28, 2020 1:13 PM
Updated: Feb 28, 2020 7:12 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A bomb squad removed a hand grenade found on the side of the road in a Springfield neighborhood Friday afternoon. Officials said they are unsure if the grenade was a live explosive. 

Phillip Arnone said he was mowing the grass along Hayden Bridge Road when he saw something shiny in front of his tractor. 

"I saw it. I leaned over the mower to look and it was a hand grenade. I backed up right away and called 911," he said.

Officers with the Springfield Police contacted the Eugene Police Bomb Squad, who used a robot to pick up the grenade and place it into a vehicle designed to transport explosives safely. 

Bomb technician Ben Hall said the grenade appeared to be a modified version of a training hand grenade that can be purchased at military surplus stores. 

"Typically these hand grenades that are trainers have holes on the bottom that so when they -- for lack of a better word -- detonate, a little puff of smoke and you can hear it and it gives the person training with it feedback about how they did with it," he said. "But this one, the hole where the smoke comes out was plugged, so it had obviously been modified."

They said it was likely modified to become a memento or be put on display.

The grenade was detonated in a controlled environment.

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