POPLARVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Multiple law enforcement agencies were at Miller Auto Sales in Poplarville Tuesday afternoon after the manager of the car dealership found a WWII era pineapple hand grenade.
Miller Auto Sales Business Manager Clint Parker said he found it on Monday inside a green, older model Chevrolet pick-up truck that was towed to the dealership in December.
"We contacted the owner and he just never came to pick it up. So we requested the title so that we could sell the vehicle to recover our towing fees," Parker recalled.
Once he started cleaning the truck out, he found a large laptop bag. Inside that bag is where Parker said he found the hand grenade.
"It was covered up like it had been hidden," Parker said.
Poplarville police along with the Biloxi bomb squad and other agencies responded to the scene.
Biloxi Bomb Squad Commander John Campbell said, "Initially we thought it might have been a real hand grenade due to its deteriorated state."
But that hand grenade turned out to be a Mark 2 training hand grenade.
"That means there was no explosive in it," Campbell said. "But we still err on the side of caution."
Campbell and the rest of the bomb squad hit the grenade with a counter charge.
"We set an explosive charge next to it to make it go away," Campbell explained. "We rendered it safe up in the back of the dealership.
The bomb squad dug a small pit in the ground in the back of the dealership. They put the counter charge and the grenade in the ground and set it off.