WEST RUTLAND — In one of the more interesting police reports, State Police responded to a West Rutland resident’s call on Sunday, May 8 in which the person reported they had found a “potentially explosive device” while cleaning out their basement. Police responded to the scene where they found the resident had moved what appeared to be a hand grenade to their backyard.
Members of the Vermont State Police Bomb Squad secured the item, which will be turned over to the Vermont National Guard for disposal at a later date. Police said the item appears to be a World War II-era Japanese hand grenade. The item did not explode and does not pose a danger to the public, police reported, nor did they report why the grenade might have been in the basement.
Still, you just never know what you’ll find when spring-cleaning!