Roseburg, Or (KMTR) A mechanic got a little more then he bargained for Monday. When he reached into the glove box of a 1937 Chevy he was restoring, he pulled out what appeared to be a live grenade.
What may be even more shocking is what he did after finding it. He decided to leave it for his boss, on his desk.
The Manager of Green Collision Repair, Marvin Devoogd says it's a funny story now, but for a moment, the office was a little tense.
After looking the grenade over, even though it appeared to be very old and covered in rust, he found the pin hadn't been pulled, and there was a small hole at the bottom that had been epoxied over.
He thought the grenade might be filled with something, and potentially live. After realizing the potential danger, he says he gingerly took the grenade outside to a secluded area, and called police.
Oregon State Police Bomb Squad took the grenade and have since destroyed it. They say it was an old drill grenade, and when they opened it up, there was nothing but dust inside.
Live or not, State Police say it's probably never a good idea to put a potential explosive on your bosses’ desk, or even move it. No matter the condition or age, if something looks like an explosive, they say to treat it as if it’s live, don't touch it, and call Police.
Marvin is taking the incident in stride. He says they come across strange things all the time working with old cars, and they're trained on how to handle most of them.
"Now a grenade? They’re obviously not trained to handle a grenade,” says Devoogd, “so that's something that will be brought up in the next safety meeting."
So what about car's owner? Police say she had no idea it was in there. The car had been in her family for decades, sitting in the same spot. Police say the grenade was probably sitting there just as long.