Bangor’s bomb squad removes hand grenade with live primer found in Orono

Posted Aug. 27, 2012, at 12:17 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 27, 2012, at 2:17 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — Bangor’s bomb squad was called to Orono Sunday afternoon to deal with a hand grenade with a live primer, just two days after a rusty old grenade was removed from Lamoine Beach, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday.

A person cleaning a Forest Avenue residence “found a grenade that was drilled out,” Edwards said. “It was a dud grenade, but it still had an active primer.”

Bangor’s bomb squad went to Orono at about 3:25 p.m. and removed the hand grenade.

The rusty grenade and its firing pin were spotted Thursday afternoon a few inches apart from each other at Lamoine Beach, a popular spot at the end of Route 184 that overlooks Frenchman Bay, Stu Marckoon, Lamoine’s assistant fire chief, said Friday.

By the time the beachgoer alerted town officials, who then called Maine State Police, the tide had come in and covered the spot where the grenade had been seen.

The Maine State Police bomb squad went to Lamoine around noon Friday to remove the rusty war relic, which was deemed harmless because the hole in the top of the grenade casing, where the firing pin mechanism had been, was packed with sand from the beach. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

BDN reporter Bill Trotter contributed to this story.

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