Beach “fossil” turns out to be a grenade and explodes in mum’s home

Picture: Jodie Crews

A mum and her eight-year-old daughter had a narrow escape after taking home a WWII hand grenade they found on the beach.

Jodie Crews and daughter Isabella picked up the 80-year-old ordnance at Sandown at Deal in Kent.

At first, they thought it was a fossil.

Jodie posted pictures online asking if anyone could identify the object.

Picture: Jodie Crews


She said:

“I had lots of replies, but no one suggested it could be a grenade.

“One woman thought it looked like whale vomit.

“She said I could find out by poking it with a hot pin.

“She said a puff of white smoke would come out.”

Suddenly, while researching the find in the living room it burst into flames.

Jodie said:

“It just turned into a fireball.

“My daughter screamed and ran out the back door.

“I grabbed the grenade and ran with it at arm’s length into the kitchen where I hurled it into the sink.

“We just went into survival mode.

“I then rushed upstairs to soak a towel to throw over it to put it out.

“The adrenalin must have kicked in and taken over.”

A neighbour called the fire brigade who later said the object was a grenade.

It had probably been exposed by recent high tides and storms.

Jodie said: “We were unbelievably lucky.

“It could have been a hundred times worse.

“All my friends have made me promise not to pick anything up from the beach again.’


About the Author

Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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