WEST, Texas (KWTX) The McLennan County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad detonated a live World War II era grenade that a contractor found in a footlocker Wednesday while preparing a repair bid at a woman’s home in West.
(Photo courtesy of Jimmy Meeks)
Jimmy Meeks, the owner of Advanced Foundation Repair and House Leveling, found the footlocker in a storage room at the home at 2330 Cemetery Road.
"We thought the grenade had been drilled until I looked at the bottom and it still had all the original paint and no drill marks, and still had the original pin,” Meeks said.
Owner Jeanette Holecek said she purchased the house three years ago from a man who never returned to clear out some items he left behind including the footlocker.
"I had no idea what was back in the garage storage rooms,” she said.
The footlocker also contained .50 caliber, .308 caliber and 7mm ammunition.
The footlocker first caught the eye of Jana Follender, who works with Meeks.
"I just wanted to buy that chest when we found it, but when Jimmy discovered the grenade, I called the sheriff."
The McLennan County bomb squad arrived at the home at around 2:30 p.m.
After taking several X-rays of the grenade, bomb squad members took the grenade into a field behind the house.
A backhoe was used to dig a pit and then a robot was used to place the grenade in the hole where it was detonated.
The grenade was just as dangerous as it was almost 75 years ago, McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said.