Grenade found in backyard of home on Milwaukee's north side
Keller Russell reports Video by tmj4.comvideo
MILWAUKEE- A mystery Tuesday night surrounding a bizarre find on the city's north side.
As a group of boys played near N. Palmer St. and E. Burleigh St. Tuesday, they found the ultimate surprise -- and a scary one at that.
A military grenade laid nestled in the grass.
TODAY'S TMJ4's Keller Russell: "Did it have a pin it?"
Trayveon Roy: "Yes, it had a pin in there."
Keller Russell: "How in the world did you know what that was?"
Trayveon Roy: "Cause I see it on TV sometimes."
Another boy told TODAY'S TMJ4 he thought the grenade was fake, so he tossed it up.
The boys soon realized the explosive was the real deal and ran to tell an adult.
Police evacuated neighbors as a robot with the bomb squad approached the device.
Keller Russell: "You heard police use the term 'live grenade?'"
Taylonda Williams: "Yes, yes, yes."
Keller Russell: "What goes through your mind when you hear that?"
Taylonda Williams: "Scared, just want to it to hurry up, let it be over with."
The home owner thought it was a joke until she saw for herself.
In the end, the robot pulled the grenade out of Mildred Simon's yard without trouble.
But she's left wondering how it got there to begin with. "I don't know who would put that back there, why they would put it back there..." said Simon.
Milwaukee's Police Department didn't respond to TODAY'S TMJ4's questions about whether or not the grenade was indeed live.