Over Three Dozen Hand Grenades Found Along Roadside

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Hurlock, Md. – On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, Bomb technicians with the Maryland State Fire Marshal Bomb Squad were requested by the Maryland State Police, Easton Barrack on Monday to determine the hazards associated with what was believed to be military ordnance discovered by a citizen collecting recyclables in the 6700 Block of Bobtown Road.

The Maryland State Police, Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, and the Hurlock Volunteer Fire Department assisted on the scene with traffic control and securing a perimeter as bomb technicians rendered safe multiple military grenades.

In total 38 grenades were recovered from along Bobtown Road. There were nine (9) live devices, nineteen (19) devices with the fuse but no explosive filler and ten (10) inert devices recovered. The devices were determined to be hazardous and render safe procedures were conducted immediately at the scene; in addition, six devices were transported to a nearby County landfill where they were countercharged.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) was also requested to assist in the investigation.

No injuries or property damage has been reported related to this incident.

Anyone having any information in reference to this incident is urged to contact the Maryland State Fire Marshal Bomb Squad at 410-859-7152 or the Maryland State Police, Easton Barrack at 410-822-3101.

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