Woman walks into police station with grenade
IT BEGAN as a quiet day on the job for Stanthorpe police Sunday, but a woman wielding a shopping bag was about to turn that around.
Out of the bag, the woman revealed a grenade, and told working officer Sergeant Shane Gleeson she'd been carrying it around all day without realising.
"In Brisbane, there was roadside collection, (the woman and her husband) were driving through Seven Hills, and they saw this bag on the side of the road so they collected it," Sgt Gleeson said.
"Then they came to Stanthorpe for a drive and while they were up here, they had a look through what they had picked up."
Skipping the sightseeing, the couple immediately contacted Stanthorpe Police, explaining their strange possession.
"It looked completely intact, so we had to treat it like being live," he said.
"But yes, it was the real deal."
Sgt Gleeson made a call to the bomb squad, who handed the job on to the army.
"A demolition expert from the navy had to come from Brisbane to see it," he said.
The expert confirmed the device was a live training grenade.
While not as potentially dangerous as a proper grenade, according to police the device still may have caused some injury had it gone off while being transported or handled at any stage.
"They think it was probably World War Two era," Sgt Gleeson said.
On Monday an RAAF technician attended the police station to take possession of the grenade and destroy it.
Sgt Gleeson said ammunition and firearms were frequently surrendered to police, but the grenade was a first for him.
"We previously have had an artillery round handed in, and that was from World War Two," he said.
"I think it was one of those of things, where grandad passed away and he'd been using it as a door stop."
Given the military history of the Stanthorpe area, old war relics and military items continue to show up.
In any such event, Sgt Gleeson advised people not handle the item, but to notify local police instead.
And don't bring them into the station.