RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Tense moments for some people in the Lakeside community after a cleaning crew discovered a grenade behind a house. It happened in the 2800 block of Overton Road.
A man made the frightening discovery while raking leaves! The Vietnam vet picked up the grenade, then had second thoughts about what he was holding.
In a slow and steady move, a robot hoisted the grenade from the bed of a pickup and placed it into a special containment unit. The Henrico Police Bomb Squad drove it out of the neighborhood.
Jennifer Hulcher passed them on her way in.
"I was coming home from work and I saw this huge tank and I'm thinking, 'Oh my gosh. What is going on?,'" said Hulcher.
At one point, the explosive device was in Paul Gedenberg's hands. Gedenberg was clearing leaves behind a foreclosed house on Overton Road when he made a surprising --- and scary discovery.
"I reached down and picked it up and said, 'Oh my God. That's the real thing. It's a hand grenade,'" said Gedenberg.
Gedenberg brought the grenade from the back yard and placed it on his pickup truck then called police. Police weren't sure if it was a live grenade.
"There was no pin in it," said Gedenberg.
Officers cleared the streets. Neighbors were told to stay put at the back of their homes. They even asked us to hide behind a tree a half block away for our own safety.
Neighbor Tom Lawston stopped by to see what all the fuss was about.
"I was a little concerned there for a minute," he said.
And for good reason, for nearly three hours, Overton Road was off limits.
"Hopefully it'll quiet down no way to start the weekend," Lawston added.
The grenade was taken to the Henrico Police firing range for disposal. No word how long it had been at the house, Gedenberg said it's been empty for about a year.