German World War One Grenade Found In Goldsboro

A live World War One German hand grenade was found Wednesday in the drawer of an antique sewing machine.

The Explosive Ordinance Unit from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base ended up neutralizing the circa 1917 hand grenade that was found in a home on West Hill Street in Goldsboro.

Wayne County deputies say David and Susan Crooks were restoring the antique sewing machine when they found the live grenade in a drawer. David Crooks said that sewing machine, with the grenade likely inside, made the rounds with family members for several years in Florida and South Carolina.


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  • by Ben Location: Philadelphia on Jun 23, 2011 at 05:50 PM
    A stitch in time saves nine.
  • by B Location: Gville on Jun 23, 2011 at 01:54 PM
    Grandma had probaly been useing it as a darning egg to sew up hole in socks.
  • by Mike Location: Onslow on Jun 23, 2011 at 12:09 PM
    Germans were on our soil during and after the war. My Grandfather caught a German spy while on a detail in the Tenessee Mountains between WW1 and WWII.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 23, 2011 at 12:02 PM
    I'm in Germany right now :) I took a tour in a WW1 museum today :D
  • by Gumby on Jun 23, 2011 at 10:51 AM
    I glad I didn't buy that sewing machine.
  • by Awesome on Jun 23, 2011 at 09:04 AM
    Awesome piece of history. I hope to see it in a museum one day.
  • by jerry Location: enc on Jun 23, 2011 at 08:08 AM
    I was wondering where I had left that.....
  • by Anonymous on Jun 23, 2011 at 08:07 AM
    And instead of disarming it and giving it to a museum it will be destroyed.
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