hand grenades bought at flea market explodes

BERLIN — A neighbourhood in Western Germany was evacuated after World War II-era grenades and other munitions bought at a flea market began exploding in summer-like heat.

Police were called after an explosion Monday afternoon in the town of Hennef, east of Bonn. They arrived to find a garage in flames. Shortly after police arrived, the garage expoded several more times.

Anchorites were able to clear a wide area around the home, shutting a stretch of railway and highway as experts were brought in. They secured the munitions and destroyed them in a controlled explosion in a field.

The railway line at Sieg and the adjacent 560 motorway were closed. In addition, the electricity in the affected quarter was shut down.

The 51-year-old homeowner, who’s under investigation for weapons law violations, told police he bought the crate of munitions at a flea market and they apparently started exploding in the hot weather.

There were no injuries.

Barry Tarrif

Barry is a former Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, is an award-winning writer. His work has appeared in many of the Canada’s most respected and credible publications, including the Toronto Star, CBC News and on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine. A meticulous researcher who’s not afraid to be controversial, he is nationally known as a journalist who opens people’s eyes to the realities behind accepted practices in the care of children.

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