6 Jan 2010

Gisborne discovery a WWI practice grenade

3:54 pm on 6 January 2010

The army has confirmed that a grenade found at a property in Gisborne on Tuesday was a World War I practice grenade.

A Te Hapara man, Sean McDermott, arrived home at lunchtime to find his dog had dug a strange, brown object out of his backyard.

As he cleaned it up, he realised it was an unexploded grenade.

A munitions expert from Trentham army camp collected the grenade that evening night, and the army says the grenade is a dummy and quite safe.

Mr McDermott says the grenade dates from about 1910 to 1920 and was probably kept by a soldier of the time as a souvenir.

He is reportedly going to keep it.