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Bomb squad called to investigate historic military shell, grenade found in home

Original post made on Aug 18, 2022

A historic military shell and grenade have been found in a Palo Alto home, where the Santa Clara County sheriff's bomb squad was called to investigate this afternoon, according to police.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 18, 2022, 4:31 PM

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Posted by Darrell
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 18, 2022 at 6:07 pm

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Now the bomb squad is in Hoover Park. Looks like they're going to detonate something there.


Posted by Judy
a resident of South of Midtown
on Aug 18, 2022 at 6:08 pm

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Scary. Any more info? Thanks.


Posted by Darrell
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 18, 2022 at 6:15 pm

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They just dug a hole, covered it with sandbags.


Posted by Judy
a resident of South of Midtown
on Aug 18, 2022 at 6:30 pm

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Thanks, Darrel. I live near Mitchell Park. Many children and adults at the park now. Hopefully we’re all safe.


Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 18, 2022 at 8:24 pm

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Thank you to PAPD and the Bomb Squad for keeping us all safe, and for keeping us informed what is happening.

I know there is likely to be more news and more press releases about this, but I would like to have answers to some questions.

Who found these two military items? Was it a child playing, a house cleaner, a new owner?

How long were they likely there? Since the house was built? Since the present owners moved in?

Has there been a death in the house which would prompt this type of discovery? Was a previous owner in the military?

Any idea of how old these were? Were they old WW2, or Korean War, or Vietnam era? Any older seems unlikely, but it might be exciting to find the history.

Whereas I do appreciate that this type of incident is uncommon here, they do occur more often in Europe where housing tends to be much older than here and secrets can abound. Some secrets are forgotten secrets. Other secrets were definitely hidden and as the person who hid them aged and then died, the family found them. Other times, they are found by demolition and land clearance. They are often WW2 remnants.

Once again, so very pleased these were discovered and disposed of without injury or damage to property. But, a mystery in town deserves some sleuthing.




Posted by Miriam Palm
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 19, 2022 at 8:33 am

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There was a similar incident in 2015 at a home in the 1900 block of Webster. That was a box of grenades!
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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 22, 2022 at 1:00 pm

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Any updates on this event?


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