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Live grenade creates stir in Fayetteville neighborhood

Posted July 26, 2012

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— The discovery of a live grenade along a Fayetteville road  Thursday afternoon threw a neighborhood into commotion.

A man walking in the 1800 block of Strickland Bridge Road noticed the grenade and alerted police. Officers temporarily evacuated nearby homes and closed roads until an explosive ordnance disposal team removed the grenade at about 4:30 p.m.

Police said it was fortunate a nearby man on a riding lawn mower didn't get any closer to the grenade.

"If he were to run over it with the lawn mower or something like that, it could have been fatal to you or I or somebody driving by," Sgt. Tracy Campbell said.

"Scary, just real scary," said resident Cassandra Mcrae, who had to evacuate her home. "It took us about 10 minutes to get out of here."

Sandra Gordon said she talked to the man who said he had found what looked like an explosive device just outside her workplace.

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"He said, 'It looks like a grenade.' I wasn't going over there, period," Gordon said.

Police said they are trying to determine where the grenade came from. The grenade had a serial number on it, and Fort Bragg authorities are assisting in the investigation.


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  • gphotohound2 Jul 27, 2012

    what if a child had pulled the pin and let the hamdle fly then what do you budatduke tell the childs parents . let me guess that didn't happen this tiome so what . find the person and punish them to the max .oh you ever see the burns that can happen from a smoke grenade if not learn what is can do .

  • loprestw Jul 27, 2012

    It probably was just a smoke grenade and everyone flips out. Everyone uses these things from drop zone support to civilian skydivers in Raeford. Get over it.

  • dwpmgg Jul 27, 2012

    THIS IS NOT EXCEPTABLE!! How in the world does a LIVE Grenade end up on the side of the road, I hope they have traced it back to whomever and they are to answer for it as if it did set off. Who are they going to blame now? Cant say batman... let me guess Bruno Mars... WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH SOCIETY????

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 26, 2012

    paule & triangle -

    Now kids get in trouble for bringing nail clippers to school. Absurd!

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 26, 2012

    budatduke - "A grenade does not become dangerous until the pin is removed and the handle flys. The EOD guy probably walked over and picked it up, put it in a container and they went off and blew it."

    Yep, but some of us commented before we even knew it was a grenade. At the beginning of this story, it was just being identified as an explosive device.

  • budatduke Jul 26, 2012

    Let me try this again. A grenade does not become dangerous until the pin is removed and the handle flys. The EOD guy probably walked over and picked it up, put it in a container and they went off and blew it.

  • Obamacare Jul 26, 2012

    I knew I dropped something on the way to work this morning. *slaps head*

  • tierneemalinadeveaux Jul 26, 2012

    Chrisnrali, you are so funny...

  • chrisnrali Jul 26, 2012

    I can see it now, the "explosive ordnance disposal team" arrives in khakis and flip flops. cigarette in one hand and beer in other. Walks over to the grenade hands the beer to his 4 year old and says "don't spill it" and proceeds to pick up the grenade and puts it in his pocket. Grabs the beer from the kid and they walk back over to the car and waves at the huddled masses hiding behind blast shields and firetrucks. It's a grenade people! Not an IED. Relax and be thankful a kid didn't find it first.

  • Alexia.1 Jul 26, 2012

    trianglerelic, I often think the same thing. When I was in school, pocket knives were the norm. A teacher would even ask "anybody got a pocket knife I can borrow?" Kids would drive to school with shotguns a gun rack in their back truck windows. Today, one would certainly be expelled just for having a gun or knife, or worse. America over-reacts to everything.