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Deputies detonate World War II grenades

Jan. 13, 2011 at 4:00 AM   |   Comments

DELAND, Fla., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said they detonated a pair of World War II-era grenades that a soldier's widow had used as bookends.

Volusia County sheriff's deputies said they received a call Tuesday morning from a DeLand man who said he pulled a pin from a grenade and attempted to replace the pin, WKMG-TV, Orlando, Fla., reported Wednesday.

Deputies said when they arrived the man, who had replaced the pin and put the explosive outside, told them it belonged to a neighbor who possessed another grenade.

The neighbor told deputies the grenades had belonged to her deceased husband and she had been using them as bookends for several years.

The deputies said a bomb squad detonated the grenades in a nearby field, leaving a 2-foot crater in the ground.

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