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Workers removing furniture from the home of a deceased elderly woman in Selma, Alabama got a shock when they spotted an active hand grenade stuck in the bottom of the couch.

 

The FBI, ATF and Montgomery Police Bomb Squad were called to the scene after the bomb was discovered Thursday.

 

"They used a robot, armed with a camera, from about 50 yards away from the grenade," Selma Police Chief Jimmy Martin said.

 

The robot successfully ripped open the back of the couch but could not secure the grenade; Martin said the camera on the robot could not discern whether the pin was in. A member of the bomb squad was then sent into the house and found the pin in the grenade.

 

Martin said police believed the grenade had been there for some time. It was secured and taken to a Montgomery bunker, where officials planned to dispose of it, he said.

 

Police are investigating how the grenade got into the elderly lady's couch.

 

Martin said the woman had a military veteran son, who is also deceased, but could not say whether that explained how the grenade came to be in the house.

 

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20050708/D8B7GH8G0.html

 

To quote BewareofNick in another thread, "It's Alabama, what do you expect?"

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