Grenade interrupts family’s yard work

Grand Junction Police Bomb Squad Sgt. Stan Ancell holds a hand grenade, which was dug up Saturday morning in the front yard of 531 28 3/4 Road. Joann Martinez, a resident at the home, was installing a sprinkler system when her shovel caught the item

Joann Martinez said she regularly finds discarded or wind-blown junk in the front yard of her family’s Grand Junction home.

But her discovery Saturday morning at 531 28 3/4 Road left her shaking her head: a rusted hand grenade.

Martinez was digging to install a sprinkler system in the home’s front yard when her shovel pulled up the grenade. She said she picked it up briefly, before setting it down and covering it with a wheelbarrow.

“It probably wasn’t a bright idea at the time to move it,” Martinez said with a laugh.

Police were called around 10:30 a.m.

Grand Junction Police Department bomb squad Sgt. Stan Ancell said the charging mechanism at the bottom of the grenade had been removed, rendering it harmless.

Ancell said the grenade appeared to be from the World War II period.

It’s not the first odd find for Martinez and family. She said she found a Chinese Star, a martial arts weapon, also while digging around the property.

“I think we’re done digging for the day,” she said.


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