Fail: Live WWII Grenades Used as Bookends

There are just some things that you don’t want to keep around the house. A bunch of live grenades from about 70 years ago might just fall into that category. And, receiving one of those grenades from a neighbor with no questions asked should also be a warning sign that you should probably reconsider your home decor.

If you’re going to idiotically display said grenades in your home, there is a fairly good chance you’ll also be dumb enough to pull the pin eventually. Because, you know, what’s the worst that could happen? Oh, right, the whole live explosive thing…

Feeling that something was off about his gift grenade (which was reappropriated as a bookend), the Orlando, Fla. man quickly replaced the pin and decided to give his local bomb squad a call for safety measures. Turns out the grenade was still live, and if it went any longer without the pin, it would have blown his bookshelf to smithereens.

Thankfully, the bomb squad robot detonated the explosive, and the original owner’s other grenade, in an empty field, where it created a two-foot crater in the ground. Luckily for the quick-thinking man, he replaced the pin in the grenade before it got a chance to create that crater in him.

Lesson of the day: don’t accept grenades from your neighbors, and surely don’t remove the pin, no matter where it came from or how old it is.

(Via Gizmodo) / (Image by Nevada Tumbleweed, licensed under Creative Commons)

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