Pennsylvania State police removed a World War I grenade from an auction, fearing the device could still detonate, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.
Bill Evans, the owner of Bill Evans Auction Service of Murrysville, said a trooper took the hand grenade from Saturday morning's auction at the Export Fire Hall.
“I don't know if it was live or not.”
- Auctioneer Bill Evans
The grenade – a “potato masher” style used by German soldiers during World War I and II – had attracted about 100 people to the sale before it was removed.
“I don't know if it was live or not,” Evans told the Tribune-Review.
Evans told the paper he used plastic ties to secure what seemed to be the grenade’s activating trigger. Before the auction, it had been secured with a rubber band, Evans said.
State Trooper Nick Iera took the grenade to his police cruiser about 10:15 a.m., photographed it and contacted bomb disposal authorities, Evans said.
Evans refused to reveal the owner of the grenade.