Man finds grenade in Agate Lake area

A man building a fence Sunday on his father-in-law's property in the 1400 block of Dry Creek Road about a mile from Agate Lake unearthed an old hand grenade.

Warren Mann was digging post holes for a fence about 100 feet from his father-in-law's home when the grenade turned up at about 12:35 p.m. Sunday, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department reported.

"It really upset my son-in-law," said Phillip Estevens, who owns the property. "He dug in a shovel full of dirt, turned it over and something rolled. He took another look and didn't touch it or anything."

The 69-year-old Estevens called 9-1-1, and three officers were sent to the rural property in the White City area. Once officers confirmed that a grenade had been found, they called in the Oregon State Police bomb squad, said Andrea Carlson, the Sheriff's Department spokeswoman.

"The sheriff came out and they looked at it but didn't touch it or anything," said Estevens. "That was enough for them."

Carlson said the OSP bomb squad ruled that the grenade looked to be a training device, but because of its age, they were unable to determine whether it was live.

"The explosive people got here and one of them walked out there and came back holding it," Estevens said.

The bomb squad was able to remove the grenade without incident, Carlson said.

Estevens said his property is in close proximity to Camp White, the Army training base used during World War II. Estevens said that officers told him the grenade probably was attached to someone's backpack and it fell off while the person was on a hike.

"They all said I did the right thing," Estevens said. "I didn't intend to go near it."

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