Local bomb squad picks up old military ammunition


Published: Monday, January 10, 2011 at 9:27 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 10, 2011 at 9:27 a.m.

The bomb squad from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office picked up a couple of old pieces of military ammunition over the weekend at two separate locations.

The first item was turned over Friday evening by a man who described his find as a big bullet.

He discovered it in the Trenton area of Gilchrist County.

The man took the 100-pound projectile to a get-together in the 11000 block of Northwest 11th Place in the Alachua County subdivision of South Pointe.

While he was there showing off the device, someone decided it would be a good idea to call the Sheriff’s Office about the 32-inch long bullet-shaped item that had a 6-inch diameter.

Deputies contacted U.S. Navy ordnance specialists who identified the object as a practice round that had been filled with concrete.

It was picked up by deputies and put into a specialized evidence locker.

On Saturday afternoon, bomb specialists were consulted again after a homeowner called to report a burglary and then mentioned that she had a hand grenade on her property.

The incident occurred around 12:45 p.m. in the 18000 block of Southwest 67th Avenue in Archer.

Deputies said the woman told them the grenade had belonged to her father. Navy officials were able to identify it as a practice grenade.

It was also put into the Sheriff’s Office specialized evidence locker.

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