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Woman visits Rapid City pawn shop with war relics - including a live grenade

By Kirk Stevens

It's not unusual for pawn shops to come across interesting pieces of history, but one KOTA Territory shop had an item come through Tuesday, that raised a few eyebrows.

An elderly woman brought in two items to Presidential Pawn in Rapid City that her husband had collected while serving in the Philippines during World War II.

The items happened to be grenades, and one of them was still live.

Store owners quickly called police, who dispatched the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team from Ellsworth Air Force Base to safely remove and detonate the grenade.

Police say the keen eye of the shop employee and quick response helped ensure a safe outcome.

Ron Johnson was the employee who made the discovery, "I opened it up and slid the grenade out, thinking it was a demilled grenade. As soon as I looked on the bottom, I noticed it was completely intact and obviously a live hand grenade.”

Sgt. Wayne Asscherick, Rapid City Police Department, says you can never be too safe dealing with explosive devices, especially older ones. "Of course we are cautious about those kinds of things, so if anyone has an item like that, our first suggestion would be not to touch it and call us and let us access it.”

Police say that no charges will be filed against the woman because it was obvious that she was unaware that she was in possession of an active explosive.

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