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Resident on West Side unearths active grenade in yard

December 23, 2017 GMT

A man on the West Side unearthed an active grenade Friday afternoon while digging in his backyard, police said.

San Antonio Police Sgt. Lawrence Walters said authorities were called out to a residence in the 100 block of Las Palmas around 5:20 p.m.

Lawrence said the resident, 36-year-old Edgar Hernandez, uncovered an Mk 2, or a pineapple grenade, while digging in his backyard to put up fence post. He added that the device had explosive potential.

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“It just popped up,” Hernandez said. “It was 2 inches below ground.”

Lawrence said it took 45 minutes for a bomb squad to inspect and contain the grenade.

“We occasionally get calls for this,” Lawrence said, adding that he and the bomb squad had no idea why the dated grenade was under the yard.

There were no injuries reported.

Alexandro Luna is a San Antonio Express-News staff writer. | aluna@express-news.net | Twitter: alexluna801