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Korean War era grenade found in Caruthersville home after fire

(Source: Caruthersville Police Chief Tony Jones) (Source: Caruthersville Police Chief Tony Jones)
CARUTHERSVILLE, MO (KFVS) -

The discovery of a Korean War era grenade sparked an investigation in Caruthersville after the military ordnance was found in a home after a fire.

Firefighters were called to 806 Franklin at 4:43 a.m. Wednesday for a fire. 

Crews put out the fire and while investigating, several firefighters noticed what looked like a piece of a military ordnance in one of the bedrooms, according to the Caruthersville Police Department.

The home was cleared and Cape Girardeau and Sikeston bomb squad and EOD from Fort Leonardwood responded to the scene.

They found the ordnance to be an M-29 practice rifle grenade from the Korean War era, according to Caruthersville Police Chief Tony Jones. It was not active.

No word on how the grenade got into the home. However, a similar grenade had been stolen from a nearby home.

A woman and her children moved out of the home on Tuesday.

No word on the cause of the fire. The state fire marshall is investigating.

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