After going through a grandfather’s things and discovering a hand grenade that exploded when someone pulled the pin, an Indiana father was k!lled and his two children were hurt, according to the authorities.
Who pulled the trigger at the family home in Lakes of the Four Seasons, a gated neighborhood with around 7,300 inhabitants and located roughly 140 miles northwest of Indianapolis, was not disclosed by the Lake County Sheriff’s Department.
The father’s 14-year-old son and 18-year-old daughter were hurt by shrapnel released by the explosion, which happened Saturday before 6:30 p.m., and were taken to a hospital, according to a statement from the sheriff’s department. On Sunday night, their conditions were not immediately known, and the authorities have not released the names of the family members.
The father was discovered deceased at the scene, according to the sheriff’s office.
The property was visited by a bomb squad “to secure the area and determine whether there may be additional explosive devices,” according to the officials.
On Sunday night, emails sent to the sheriff’s department did not immediately receive a response. Detectives from its homicide unit were looking into the explosion.
The tweet below confirms the news:
A man is dead, and two of his children are in the hospital after a hand grenade exploded in their Lakes of the Four Seasons home Saturday, sheriff's deputies saidhttps://t.co/qgwfQEd4x4
— WGN TV News (@WGNNews) May 21, 2023
What Lt. Col. Robert Leiendecker Says?
According to Lt. Col. Robert Leiendecker, an expert in the disposal of explosive ordnance and a former commander of the 67th Ordnance Detachment stationed at Fort McNair, such grenade detonations are incredibly uncommon.
“There are a lot of hand grenades out there in private homes, parts of collections, or war souvenirs the family has kept,” Colonel Leiendecker said. But “a very, very high percentage,” he added, “are totally inert and safe to handle.”
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The colonel recalled that, about 15 years ago, it was more typical to see families discover war memorabilia while cleaning out the attics or closets of World War II soldiers, such as a grenade or a few rounds of ammunition. According to Colonel Leiendecker, the grenades were inert and legal to possess in the vast majority of such situations.
Pulling the pin on a grenade should never be done before being 100% certain that it is completely inert, he advised.
The firing pin most likely struck the primer when the pin was withdrawn on the grenade on Saturday in Indiana, according to Colonel Leiendecker. There was approximately a three to five second wait after that. Black powder would burn down to the blasting cap during the holding period before the grenade exploded.
“Do not do this,” the colonel said. “If you have an explosive item and you don’t know exactly what it is, call the local police and have them come out and exam it.”
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