From the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal:
A team of Bomb Technicians from the Office of the State Fire Marshal safely disposed of an inert grenade that was suspected to be constructed into a improvised explosive this afternoon in Harford County. The unexploded military ordinance was determined to be an MK2 Fragmentation grenade that was originally designed by the military for use in training but bomb technicians determined the grenade was tampered with and was possibly constructed into a live device.
A company specializing in cleaning out vacant and foreclosed homes discovered the device in the basement of 1819 Baldwin Mill in Jarrettsville and immediately contacted the Office of State Fire Marshal.
During the investigation it was discovered the home’s previous owner, Robert K. Morton had passed away in 2007. After examining the device, it was determined the best course of action was to conduct an emergency disposal to render the ordinance safe. Bomb Technicians safely removed and disposed of the potentially dangerous device.
Maryland State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci reminds the public to practice the “3 R’s when military ordinance is located. “Recognize that any suspicious objects found should not be touched under any circumstances. Retreat or carefully leave the area. Report immediately what was found and it’s approximate location to a 911 dispatcher”