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Grenade found during remodeling job at Bellingham home

BELLINGHAM — A possibly live grenade was found this weekend during a remodeling job on a Samish neighborhood home.

A Bellingham Police Department bomb squad responded at 10:50 a.m. Saturday, July 19, to the 800 block of 40th Street when an Mk 2 defensive grenade — the standard-issue in the U.S. military from World War II to the Vietnam War era — was found behind a cupboard in a garage, said Bellingham Police Lt. Bob Vander Yacht.

The bomb squad, aka the Hazardous Devices Unit, recovered the grenade without incident.

Bellingham police sometimes come across explosive souvenirs brought back by soldiers returning from duty, "which is not okay with the military," Vander Yacht said.

For now detectives don't plan to dig through records of past residents to figure out who left the grenade there. It likely was hidden so children wouldn't find it, Vander Yacht said.

Police weren't positive that the grenade was live. They'd need to either pull the pin or take it apart to find out; they chose to do neither. Instead, they'll turn it over to the U.S. Army's E.O.D. (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) specialists from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, who are trained to dispose of military explosives.

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