Grenade discovered on Manitoba riverbank over long weekend
When Miles Morrisseau went for a walk along the banks of the Saskatchewan River over the long weekend, he wasn't expecting to stumble on a grenade.
Morrisseau, who lives in Grand Rapids, told CTV News he had been walking along the shore of the Saskatchewan River on Saturday when he made the unexpected and potentially explosive discovery.
He said he texted his son, who is a trained unexploded ordnance technician, and sent a picture of the grenade.
"The picture comes through and he's like, 'It's real. Don't touch it. Walk away, call the cops,'" Morrisseau said. "I immediately called the RCMP, they came and secured the area within 15 minutes."
Morrisseau said he found the grenade in a popular tourist fishing spot, and it was close to a schoolyard.
"I feel like it was fortunate that it wasn't a kid that found it," he said. "Any fisherman could've hooked that thing and brought it up, right?"
Morrisseau said a bomb squad eventually came to the area, and later that evening, the grenade was detonated right there on the riverbank.
"We were actually on the river, we were actually fishing at the time with my brother and his granddaughter," he said. "All of a sudden it was just like boom."
Morrisseau said he went by the area the next morning and found the crater where the grenade had been detonated.
(Image Source: Miles Morrisseau)
In a statement, RCMP said the grenade was a modified pineapple grenade with the pin removed.
“It was hollow and not at risk of exploding,” the RCMP said.
Morrisseau said the whole situation is now raising concerns and questions in the community.
"The question now is, how did it get there, and is it possible there are more?"
RCMP said it is not known where the grenade came from, as it washed up on the shore.