Shane Thomson, 13, and Dylan Roberts, 12, search along the Dee River looking for treasures; this time they found an old hand grenade from World War II.
Shane Thomson, 13, and Dylan Roberts, 12, search along the Dee River looking for treasures; this time they found an old hand grenade from World War II. Sharyn Oneill

Fossicking boys discover grenade

SHANE Thomson and Dylan Roberts got the shock of their young lives on Saturday when they came across a potentially live hand grenade.

The boys were fossicking on the banks of the Dee River behind Shane's Mt Morgan home on Saturday when they made the startling discovery, which was later confirmed to be a World War II grenade.

It was an exciting weekend for Shane, 13, and Dylan, 12, as the police kept watch on the house overnight until army personnel arrived to secure the grenade yesterday morning.

“Dylan picked it up by the pin,” Shane exclaimed.

Luckily the rusted state of the grenade meant the pin didn't come out as the boys realised what they'd found and shock set in.

“Both of our faces went white,” Dylan said.

The boys weren't sure what to do with it and ran to tell an adult.

“We said to mum we found a grenade and she didn't believe us,” Shane said.

Unsure what to do, but not wanting to leave it there for someone else to stumble across, the boys took the grenade back up to the house, much to the dismay of Shane's step-dad Peter Gibson.

He was quick to get the grenade out of the house and to the very back of the property.

“I thought they'd come back with bottles; they came back with a grenade,” Peter laughed.

Shane said he was glad he and Dylan had come across the dangerous find, saying a lot of younger kids in the area played around the river.

“I was really scared that a kid would find it and throw it or something,” Shane said.

“It's something I'll never forget.”

A neighbour told the boys he believed the grenade was from World War II and this was later confirmed by army personnel.

A representative from the army, who identified himself only as Bruce, flew with another colleague from Brisbane to secure the grenade.

Bruce confirmed thoughts that the hand grenade was from World War II and had the potential to still be live.

He said that the grenade would not be able to have the pin pulled and be thrown as it was intended to be used, but could possibly still detonate if it was mishandled.

Bruce said the army would treat the grenade as being live, and would liaise with local police as to the best means of getting rid of it.

He said these sorts of finds were not uncommon and the army dealt with everything from people discovering something a relative had brought back from the war to discoveries made when new housing developments began construction.

He said finding a hand grenade, though, was reasonably uncommon.

He said the family had done the right thing by leaving the grenade away from the house and contacting the police.

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