WWII-era rocket, grenade found on same day in different Nebraska towns; each destroyed safely

September 23, 2018

A pair of World War II-era explosive devices were safely destroyed Thursday, a day after being found in separate Nebraska towns, according to the Nebraska State Patrol.

One was a intact rocket, found by the owners of a farm near Odell as they cleaned out a building. The other explosive device, a 40 mm grenade, was found in Hastings by workers with Hastings City Iron and Metal.

The patrol’s bomb squad collected both devices and treated each as if it was a live explosive after X-rays were inconclusive.

“Any explosive device can be extremely dangerous, especially old devices that may have lost stability over the years,” Lt. Jim DeFreece said in a news release.

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