WWII MK2 Grenade Found in Santa Barbara Garage

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WWII MK2 Grenade Found in Santa Barbara Garage
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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

At approximately 1:45 p.m. today, October 6, 2018, a citizen reported to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office that they found a WWII Mk 2 pineapple grenade while cleaning out their garage on Tajo Dr. in Santa Barbara. The citizen was unaware of the grenade’s existence until found. However, it is believed the grenade belonged to the citizen’s deceased grandfather who is a WWII veteran. The grenade was believed to be live. Deputies evacuated the area, including the properties of next-door neighbors. A Sheriff’s Bomb Team member responded and safely collected the grenade for later disposal. 

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PitMix Oct 08, 2018 11:27 AM
WWII MK2 Grenade Found in Santa Barbara Garage

Amazing how much energy we have put into creating lethal weapons of war. "The Mk II/Mk 2 series fragmentation grenade was the standard American Army infantry hand grenade from 1918 until the 1960s. Perhaps better known as the "pineapple" grenade for its patterned grooved metal body, the Mk II served in the latter months of World War 1 and throughout World War 2, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and various other period conflicts during its operational tenure. Most hand grenades can be thrown 125 feet or so by average soldiers and have an effective casualty radius of up to 50 feet, lethal to 15 feet."

Z Oct 07, 2018 05:27 PM
WWII MK2 Grenade Found in Santa Barbara Garage

Almost certainly a non-functional training grenade - 99.999%. Don't want that 0.001% though; and that 3 to 5 seconds isn't at all likely ifn it is a 70-year old fuse.

macpuzl Oct 07, 2018 05:00 PM
WWII MK2 Grenade Found in Santa Barbara Garage

You're kidding, right? 1) Depending on the filling, as it ages it (and the fuse) could become very unstable. 2) The lever arm is broken off. As soon as the ring gets pulled, the striker will hit the fuse igniter, and you may have 3 to 5 seconds to get away from it.

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