German WWI grenade found in potato shipment
The mud-coated device was likely left in a trench 100 years ago. A police bomb squad was called to the Calbee snacks factory in eastern Hong Kong after staff there found the hand grenade inside a crate of French potatoes, police said.
Officers moved cars and piled sandbags around the 1-kilogram (2.2-pound) device before safely destroying it.
"The grenade was in an unstable condition because it had been previously discharged but failed to detonate," Superintendent Wilfred Wong Ho-hon told reporters.
The grenade, thought to be a German model, was encased in mud and hidden in a shipment of potatoes imported from France. ■