MILITARY

A bomb squad from Fort Hood was one of the units responding to an incident in Waco on Thursday.

Approximately one dozen, Vietnam War-era grenades were being taken to Fort Hood by a military veteran from Italy, Texas, who called the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office to ask where to take the items, according to Parnell McNamara, McLennan County sheriff.

The veteran was told to stop immediately, McNamara said.

McLennan County’s bomb squad, along with those from Fort Hood and Arlington, worked in the parking lot of Connally Elementary School in Waco, where the veteran had pulled over.

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, officials said.

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,” he said.

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.

Calls to Fort Hood for comment were not immediately returned.

254-501-7568 | jferraro@kdhnews.com

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