Friday, June 24, 2011

You'll Get A "Bang" Out Of This...!

Nothing like a unpleasant surprise such as this to get the ol' heartbeat racing!

I can just see this guy, pulling a drawer open in this old machine and seeing a "vintage WW1 " hand grenade! Ever want to know how fast a person could scoot backwards? This might have been a good chance to find out!

Grenade found in sewing machine
Updated at 07:45 PM today

GOLDSBORO, NC (WTVD) -- A couple restoring an antique sewing machine made a startling discovery when they looked inside.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that David and Susan Crooks of West Hill Road were working on the machine when they found what appeared to be a grenade in a drawer.

They called deputies who confirmed it was indeed a grenade and it appeared to be live.

Major Tom Effler said he contacted the Seymour Johnson Air force Base Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit. The military explosives experts confirmed it was indeed a live German grenade from the World War One era.

The grenade was taken to a safe area and neutralized.

Effler said the Crooks family told investigators the sewing machine came from Florida family members and had also been in South Carolina for several years. Where the grenade came from is unknown.

I'd be willing to bet this guy and his wife are counting their blessings after this! I'm glad that this thing didn't go off, what with all the moving around this machine was probably subjected to over the years!

I'm certainly no expert, but I'd bet my last dollar that an explosive device from WW1 isn't as stable as it should be! I know that I don't want to be shuffling one around the country in the drawer of a sewing machine, that's for sure!

Now, my friends, let's get some fresh coffee and sit out on the patio. Rain has disappeared, and it's supposed to go back up to the 100s again!


Anonymous said...

Not so nice finding :-) :-)

I remember when my father had died and (even if I didn´t know him) had to clear out his apartment. First I found these two huge grenades from a navy ship and had no idea if they still could explode and then we found two loaded guns hanging on the wall as if they were two paintings :-) :-) :-)

The police evacuated the police station when I came to them until the navy came and removed those grenades :-) :-) :-) They never told me if they still could explode :-) :-)

Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

Wow, those are some party favors alright. WWI vintage too.

Dizzy-Dick said...

It is amazing just how many war souvenirs were brought back during and after WWI and WWII. I heard of a guy shipping a motorcycle back piece by piece. Others carried their souvenirs deep inside them, like a bullet or shrapnel that was never removed.

linda m said...

Pretty scary if you ask me. Makes a person wonder what the people that brought back these souvenirs were thinking?

Sixbears said...

That's a lesson for all of us to be more careful with our grenades.

My buddy who served in Germany during the 70s discovered his bunk had been over an unexploded 500 pound bomb.

JoJo said...

What a crazy thing to find. Maybe it wasn't always there or it that why everyone kept passing this machine around.
Sorry your rain went away, it sure didn't come here. Our temps dropped back into the 80's
I'll sit and have a cup with you this morning.

HermitJim said...

Hey Christer...
I can only imagine the shock when you took in those grenades!

Bet the police were glad to get them out of the station. Folks keep the strangest stuff, it seems!

Thanks for coming by today, my friend!

Hey Anon...
The age alone would make them tricky to handle, I'm thinking! Not something I would want to do!

Thanks so much for coming over today!

Hey DD...
*I guess we have all had relatives or family friends that brought back something from the wars, but this is the first time I remember hearing about a ww1 grenade!

Not something you would want the kids to find!

Thanks, my friend, for dropping by today!

Hey Linda...
Probably just so much going on then, a lot of stuff got overlooked! I think many guns made it back to the states as well!

Hey, I appreciate you coming by today!

Hey Sixbears...
Now that would keep me awake at night! I wonder if I would want to know information like that!

Probably still a lot of bombs around that never went off! Land mines as well!

Gifts that keep on killing!

I thank you for coming by today

Hey JoJo...
Sorry it didn't come up your way!

You know it's hot when the temps "drop" to the 80s!

Take care, sweetie, and thanks for coming over today!

Bob Mc said...

I've seen several guns that made it here after WWII, most recently a sweet 9mm (I think) Luger that was taken off a German officer. Nothing as serious as a live grenade.

HermitJim said...

Hey Bob...
I think I would have chosen to bring a gun back other than a grenade!

To each his own, I reckon!

Thanks for coming by today!

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