Man drives grenade from NSW to Hervey Bay police station
BOMB experts were called in on Tuesday to detonate a hand grenade that had been driven from New South Wales and delivered to the front counter of Hervey Bay Police Station.
Police were shocked when a man casually walked into the Torquay Rd station on Monday and handed the grenade, which he had discovered in the yard of his late father's home at Punchbowl in Sydney's west, to front counter staff.
The grenade was found not to be live and was safely detonated by technicians from the Australian Defence Force's army base at Enoggera, who travelled to Hervey Bay yesterday morning.
It is the second time local police have had to deal with a grenade discovery in six months.
Last November, Maryborough were called to a home opposite the Sunbury school after Rockhampton's Mervyn Martin unearthed a Second World War grenade during a routine clean-up of his son's backyard.
Hervey Bay Senior Constable Jules Tyson urged anyone who found an explosive device to leave it where it was and call police.
"We don't know if these things are inert or live until specially trained bomb technicians have looked at them," Sen Const Tyson said
"If you suspect something could be an explosive, don't touch it and call 000."
An Australian Defence Force spokeswoman confirmed the grenade had been detonated and investigations as to its origin were continuing.