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Live grenade discovered on Kauai

  • COURTESY KAUAI POLICE DEPARTMENT

    A man found the grenade in his belongings on Saturday in Kalaheo.

A live hand grenade was detonated in south Kauai by an Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team, Kaui Police said today.

The live M22 grenade was discovered by a man and brought to the Kalaheo fire station Saturday.

Police said the grenade was safely detonated with no injuries on Monday afternoon at a remote location in Kalaheo.

A man who was a resident discovered the grenade in his belongings and walked it into the fire station.

“He was an elderly man,” police spokeswoman Sarah Blane said. “He had it in his possessions, but couldn’t recall how he came upon it.”

Police said the grenade was an M22.

According to the website UXOINFO.com, M22 grenades are used for signaling and laying smoke that’s green, red, violet or yellow.

Kauai police remind the public that if an object such as a grenade is found, do not disturb it and call police immediately.

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    • Boomers from Vietnam era, WWII vets who at the time thought it would be a good souvenir. As time goes by they forget. When they pass family members find them. Actually a very common thing here in Hawaii. About 80% of HPD bomb squad work is old ord.

  • Picture is misleading. That is not an M22. SA should contact Army EOD and get proper picture. There are lots of grenades, frag, smoke, training grenades floating around out there. All dangerous. Lots of boomers have them, former Vets.

    • You are correct, Pohaku96744. You must be old to know that the grenade shown in the photo is not an M22 grenade. It is an Mk2 fragmentation grenade used in World War II and Korea. Commonly called a “pineapple” because of its shape and large serrations, it was replaced in 1957 by the smooth surfaced M57 fragmentation grenade, but some left-overs of the M22 were used in Vietnam. The grenade in the photo has a hole in the bottom which indicates that it is a non-explosive dummy grenade used for training.

  • Instead of leaving it in place and evacuating the house, he chose to endanger the public by bringing the grenade to the Fire Station? Sheesh. Why not just give it to your granddaughter so she could take it to school for Show and Tell? Lolo.

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