Apparently, it’s news when someone finds not one, but three grenades in the shopping area known as Downtown Disney in beautiful Orlando, FL.
Of course, much like the
deadly rocket launcher empty fiberglass tube turned into the LAPD last week, these items are harmless (autoplay warning).
Either it’s a slow news day in Orlando, the reporters have no clue what a practice grenade is, or someone is trying to gin up a little fear of dangerous weapons filling our streets.
A practice grenade is simply a hollow steel shell shaped like a real grenade. It has a fuse well that a practice fuse can be screwed into. These practice fuses make a small “pop” about 5 seconds after the pin is pulled. The grenade body itself can be used over and over.
During my entire time as recruiter, I kept one (with an expended fuse) sitting on my desk. Somehow I managed to go almost four years without it exploding, or even coming to the attention of the local bomb squad, in spite of being seen by various and sundry citizens, police officers and even the county DA.