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German WWI grenade found in potato shipment

Staff Writer |
Employees at a Hong Kong crisp factory discovered a World War I grenade in a pile of potatoes imported from France.

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.

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