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Driver 'didn't know grenades were illegal'

The Local · 30 Sep 2010, 13:38

Published: 30 Sep 2010 13:38 GMT+02:00

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The man told police he had originally planned to detonate the practice grenades – which are used by Bundeswehr soldiers in training exercises – on a New Year’s Eve, when Germans traditionally embark on an orgy of fireworks lighting.

He was pulled over for a traffic check in the North Rhine-Westphalia city and aroused police officers’ suspicion that he had taken drugs. During a search of the car, the police found a rucksack containing drugs and one of the grenades. They found the second explosive in the pocket of one of the car’s doors.

The police alerted a bomb disposal expert as the grenades - which contain a smaller amount of explosives than normal grenades - could have caused serious injury if wrongly handed. Possession of such explosives is illegal outside of the Bundeswehr.

The 30-year-old claimed not to know this. He got the grenades several years ago, he said, from a member of the Bundeswehr personnel, whose name he did not know. Having not got around to detonating them on New Year's Eve as planned, he had instead driven around for several years with the explosives in his car.

He was charged with weapons and drug offences as well as receiving stolen property.

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Your comments about this article

14:45 September 30, 2010 by Kayak
What?!! It's illegal for private citizens in Germany to carry Hand grenades!

That's what's wrong with this over-taxed, culturally superior, government controlled, left-leaning, Christian based country.
15:19 September 30, 2010 by DinhoPilot
"Germans traditionally embark on an orgy of fireworks lighting..."

LOL at the Local

Didn't knew they were prohibted? LOL at the dude.
19:51 September 30, 2010 by krumwiede
If they're anything like the practice grenades used by the US military, they're not even as dangerous as a flashbang. US practice grenades consist of a grenade primer in a strong steel sphere with a hole on the bottom, and no explosive aside from the primer. They make a loud bang and some sparks shoot out the bottom, but that's about it.
20:31 September 30, 2010 by duckys
hey... lets blame it on the video game world and say that he played too much battlefield bad company 2!?!?!?!

stupid redneck!!!
03:27 October 1, 2010 by JohnPaul44
Reminds me of the story of the American school administrator who expelled a young boy for drawing a picture of a gun in school. To liberals, zero tolerance means ZERO TOLERANCE!!
09:22 October 1, 2010 by delvek
I would rather find a grenade in my sandwich that eat lunch with a liberal.

I have zero tolerance for liberal koolaid drinkers.
09:47 October 1, 2010 by raandy
Come on John Paul,,I like your style but that story is all used up..you get to use it ONCE...I would like the Administrators comment on that....
23:36 October 1, 2010 by wxman
I still have a soft spot for the old "potato masher" types. As retired US military, I think they were probably easier to throw, and definitely easier to lob over a shorter distance.
06:57 October 2, 2010 by JohnPaul44
Hello, raandy,

I call them as I see them. There are many things that remind me of that story.

I finally read the forum rules. The rules forbid posts containing "pure crap." Enforcement of that rule would make most of the forum disappear!
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