Perth fisho makes explosive catch

WESTERN Australia Police report that a Perth fisherman recently reeled in an unusual catch – an unexploded German grenade from World War I.

WA Police said a man fishing off the Applecross Jetty last month reeled in an object that appeared to be an explosive device and police called in a Bomb Response Unit. The object was identified as a 1915 German Granatenwerfer grenade without a fuse.

The grenade, also known as a pineapple bomb due to its resemblance to the fruit, was transported by Navy personnel to a safe area for disposal, police said.

Geoff Smith of the Western Australian Arms and Armament Society told The Guardian the grenade was likely brought back to Australia as a souvenir following the war.

“It has to have been brought back by someone and then dumped. It’s the only way it could have got there,” Smith said.

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