MANATEE, FL – A neighbor helping to clean a vacated mobile home discovered a grenade strapped to a package with a highly flammable substance Saturday morning, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
The device was removed safely, and no injuries were reported.
The 82-year-old resident of the mobile home in K & K Mobile Home Park had moved out on Thursday, when his 56-year-old son came and took him back to Lufkin, Texas, with him, according to a news release.
Before they left, the son asked a neighbor to clean up the mobile home and pack up all of his father’s belongings.
On Saturday morning, the neighbor opened the home’s oven and found a pineapple-style grenade strapped to a package with duct tape, deputies said.
One of the gas burners on the stove was turned on, but the flame was not lit, the neighbor told deputies. The neighbor shut off the burner and left the mobile home, the release said.
The sheriff’s office was called, and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad and the Manatee County hazardous materials team responded. Authorities said the smell of leaking natural gas was noticeable throughout the mobile home.
The bomb squad confirmed that the device was a grenade and that the substance secured to the grenade was highly flammable nitrocellulose in solid form.
The sheriff’s office contacted the Lufkin Police Department in Texas, which was then able to contact with the resident and his son.
The son was “understanding and cooperative assisting in any further searches necessary,” according to the release.
The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office in Texas was notified and along with Lufkin police and will be handling “any further issues” with the father because he lives in those jurisdictions, the release said.
This is a very peculiar story with few answers regarding how exactly a grenade strapped to explosive material ends up in a man’s oven.
Not to mention someone left an unlit gas burner on.
At first it seems as though someone was trying to collect a little insurance money.
But if that was the case, why would the son ask the neighbor to help clean up his father’s place?
We will keep you updated as the story unfolds. I’m sure it’ll be interesting.