Imagine walking out in your back yard one morning, cup of coffee in hand, waking up to the day and spotting an unusual package laying in the yard. Imagine your surprise if that packaged turned out to contain a stolen hand grenade.
The brand new hand grenade, property of the Canadian army, was still in it's packaging when it was discovered in a back yard in a suburb of Edmonton, Alberta, police reported on Monday. Upon discovery of the package, the woman carefully picked it up and carried it to the police station, where officers had her lay it gently on the ground and an area was cleared around it while bomb squad members determined that it was new, and property of the military. After ensuring that the package and the grenade were secure, a military explosives team was called in to dispose of the ordinance.
Finding unexploded military ordinance seems to be a rare thing in Canada, according to reports, but this situation does show that it can happen. More often such stories come from the Gulf Coast region of the United States, in areas where a number of training camps were established during World War II to train recruits for deployment overseas.
Anyone finding suspicious looking packages or unexploded military ordinance should not touch them, but contact local law enforcement immediately so that the proper authorities and experts can come in and safely remove such devices. Old ordinance can be unstable, and can detonate if moved, risking injury or death.