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Second World War weapon found in Dalby backyard shed

GRENADE: This Italian hand grenade was located in the shed of a Dalby backyard.
GRENADE: This Italian hand grenade was located in the shed of a Dalby backyard. Contributed

A PAIR of Dalby residents was left dumbfounded last week, when they found an old Second World War grenade in one of their backyards.

The couple, who wished to remain anonymous, came across the grenade last Tuesday, July 4, when clearing out a shed.

What was supposed to be a simple and mundane task quickly escalated when the grenade was found tucked away at the rear of the shed.

While the pair was unsure of what the object was initially, the police were called to the Wood St address to investigate the matter.

After arriving, Dalby Police did not hesitate to enlist the help of the Explosives Ordnance Response Team who deal with such situations.

A photograph of the grenade was sent to the team who then advised a military officer would be needed to remove the unusual find.

Constable Brad Davidson of Dalby Police said after an investigation the grenade was able to be formally identified.

"The device was identified as an Italian World War II 45mm hand grenade/mortar bomb," he said.

"The device was not to be touched until an Australian Army Explosives Officer attended the following day and safely removed it."

The mortar bomb was developed in Italy in the mid-1930s and was used by the Italian military throughout the duration of Second World War.

It was the only war it was ever used in.

The bomb was easy for military personnel to carry due to its small size.

The Italian military stopped using the weapon roughly around 1950.

It is still unknown how the Italian hand grenade came to be in the shed.

Topics:  australian army dalby hand grenade mortar bomb second world war


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