A live Japanese model 97 hand grenade from the World War II era was found Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, among military memorabilia at a Meranda Road home near Anna in Shelby County. The Wright Patterson Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit destroyed it in a remote area.

Live Japanese WWII era grenade found in Shelby County home

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a possible explosive device found among military memorabilia at a residence on Meranda Road near Anna.

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A deputy took a photo and contacted the air force base’s EOD unit. Techs identified it as a Japanese model 97 hand grenade from the World War II era, and said it was still live. The EOD unit took it to a remote area and destroyed it.

The sheriff’s office urges anyone who finds similar items to report them to law enforcement, especially because live devices can lead to death or serious injury.

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