Official: WWI-era grenade removed from auction

EXPORT, Pa. (AP) — An auctioneer says state police removed a device labeled a World War I-era hand grenade from a western Pennsylvania auction due to safety concerns.

The owner of Bill Evans Auction Service of Murrysville said a trooper took the cylinder-shaped hand grenade from Saturday morning’s auction at the Export Fire Hall.

Bill Evans told The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/11X2csx ) that it appeared to be a “potato masher” style used by German soldiers during both world wars.

Evans said he didn’t know whether the device was live or not. He said the trigger was secured with plastic ties.

The grenade was part of a Harrison City man’s estate. The auction attracted about 100 people.

Police and Allegheny County officials declined comment. A Westmoreland County official said state police handled the matter.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com

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