KILLEEN — When area law enforcement agencies need assistance with unexploded ordnance, who do they call?
The bomb squad from Fort hood was among the units which responded to an incident in Waco last Thursday involving unexploded grenades.
A military veteran from Italy, Texas, was in the process of transporting approximately one dozen Vietnam War-era grenades to Fort Hood for disposal when he was advised to stop in Waco, according to Parnell McNamara, McLennan County Sheriff.
McLennan County’s bomb squad, along with those from Fort Hood and Arlington, worked on the devices in the parking lot of Connally Elementary School in Waco.
The school was unoccupied due to winter break, and the parking lot was blocked off during the incident.
X-rays taken by the bomb squads indicated the Chinese-made grenades were still live, even after being stored in a box for more than 50 years.
No charges will be filed against the owner of the grenades, McNamara said. “A lot of people brought things back from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam as souvenirs, and that’s what this case was.”
No evacuations were necessary during the incident. McNamara said the grenades were taken to a remote location in Hill County on Thursday evening, where they were destroyed by controlled detonation.