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Hand Grenade Discovered in Box with Donated Items
at The Salvation Army

Member of bomb squad placing grenade into secure container

Member of bomb squad placing grenade into secure container
Donated Goods Contained Potentially Explosive Devise
at Salvation Army

Hand Grenade Discovered in Box with Donated Items

(West Palm Beach, FL) 24 January 2012 – The resale of gently used household goods at The Salvation Army Family Story is a viable means of raising funds to benefit the many programs and services provided within Palm Beach County.  Donated goods are picked up or arrive at our drop off locations in many packages; garbage bags, boxes, plastic containers, etc.  Today as local employees were sorting through a box of donated goods, a hand grenade was discovered with the pin still in place.

Salvation Army employees made the discover at approximately 9:30am, the authorities we notified immediately of the finding and Emergency Units were dispatched to the Family Store located at 655 North Military Trail in West Palm Beach.  “I applaud our staff for following proper protocol and putting safety first,” said Area Commander Thomas McWilliams.  The 14 employees in the building left the store in an orderly fashion and awaited assistance from the authorities.  Fortunately, the store had not opened to customers but those arriving during normal business hours had to be diverted until the scene was secured.  

Numerous emergency vehicles from around the county responded to the call since the determination had not been made if the grenade was active or inactive.  The Salvation Army Mobile Feeding Unit (Canteen) was also brought to the location to provide hydration and snacks to the emergency persons assisting on the call.  The local Bomb Squad was called in by the Sheriff’s Office to remove the hand grenade from the scene.  The hand grenade was placed into a secure container where it could be screened and was determined to be inactive.  

One member of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office indicated to Salvation Army personnel that the discovery of these war relics is not uncommon.  “We believe this could have been a situation in which individuals were donating goods of a loved one to our Family Store but had no idea what was in the box,” indicated Major McWilliams.

The Salvation Army would like to thank local authorities for their rapid response to the situation and assistance in the removal.  The Salvation Army Family Store was back open and running by noon and is continuing to accept donations of gently used household goods.  


About The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County
The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1922, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 89 years. Over 19,000 Palm Beach County residents receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to support those services in our local communities. For more information, go to


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