A nursing home in Nyack, New York, was evacuated Friday after what appeared to be two explosive devices were discovered in the refrigerator of a 91-year-old resident, according to WNBC.
A pair of hand grenades believed to date from the World War II era were discovered in his room while he was receiving medical treatment at another facility away from the nursing home.
USA Today reported that the grenades were recovered by the county sheriff’s bomb squad, which was expected to X-ray and test the small devices to see if they still contain active explosive components.
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Judging by pictures of the two grenades, it appears that one is a smooth, likely inert training grenade, while the other bears the hallmarks of the classic “pineapple” fragmentation grenade.
According to The Washington Times, the Tappan Zee Manor Nursing Home was temporarily evacuated while an “extensive search” was conducted of the entire facility, as well as of the man’s vehicle, but no additional explosives were discovered and the building was determined to be clear after a couple of hours.
Though it hasn’t been confirmed by the media, the unnamed 91-year-old man was most likely a veteran of that great war against fascist imperialism, and those grenades were in all likelihood souvenirs he had brought home with him more than 70 years ago, a not-at-all uncommon practice in those days.
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Hopefully the elderly man will not find himself in too much trouble for keeping a couple of potentially dangerous grenades in his refrigerator at the nursing home he lives in.
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