Unpacking A WWI Grenade In A Potato Factory

Grace Higgins | February 5th, 2019

Workers at one factory in Hong Kong were in for a major shock when they discovered a World War I hand grenade in a packet of potatoes imported from France. The round grenade was found on February 2nd, 2019 at the Calbee Four Seas Company factory in Hong Kong, China.


Weighing around 2 pounds and 3 inches wide, this hand grenade could have caused trouble by blowing up the whole factory, in fact, it would have been a true attack of the snacks. And the scariest part was Hong Kong police believed the grenade to be in an unstable condition, potentially exploding at any moment.

Bomb specialists were called to the scene and quickly identified the grenade as being German made from WWI. Covered in the soil it camouflaged in perfectly with the potatoes, most likely it had been sitting in a potato field that had once been a World War I battlefield. Luckily the Hong Kong Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau was able to neutralize the threat and detonate the hand grenade in a safe zone.

This was done by placing the grenade in a hole and causing it to detonate with high-pressure water guns from a safe distance. It sounds like a strange practice but detonating live explosives with water guns has been practiced by the Navy for quite some time. In fact, it is a procedure which has been used since the 1990s. Another method that military bomb specialists may use is to send in a robot. Robots are able to cut wires while everyone is a safe distance away, therefore, removing any risk of someone dying.

The high water pressure method attempts to simply dislodge wires by spraying them with water. This way the bomb is likely to lose power and not be able to explode.

Infantry soldiers used hundreds of these types of grenades during WWI, though German soldiers did favor the stick grenade usually as it allowed them to throw it further. Finding World War I or World War II relics in French farmland is nothing really new and does happen quite regularly just due to the thousands of bombs that landed during that era.

Next Article
  • Dog With Arthritis Gets Special Cart

    A dog named Kaylee loves nothing more than to spend every moment with her family. But now that she is 13 years old, she cannot keep up with them as much as she did when she was a younger dog. Sara Morris, who is Kaylee’s owner, says Kaylee has trouble walking now due to the...

    Read More
  • The Secret Atlantic U-Boat Attacks Of World War II

    On January 13, 1942, German U-boats began their campaign on the Eastern Seaboard of North America, targeting merchant ships and oil tankers. And for the next seven months, they dominated the waters off the East Coast. German U-boat captains loved to be assigned to this region as it was an easy place to rack up...

    Read More
  • Humans Are Not The Only Species That Likes To Get Drunk

    Veterinary doctors around Northern Australia are used to the giant influx of parrots found on the streets being brought in for check-ups periodically throughout the year. They have dubbed it the drunken parrot season. A period of the year when the Red-collared lorikeets decide to get completely intoxicated and tipsy off natural brews. They are...

    Read More
  • Puppy Born With Mustache

    A stray dog, a shepherd mix, and her eleven puppies came to the Dallas Animal Services facility in Texas back in July of 2019. When the mother dog and her litter arrived, the staff noticed there was something unique about these little dogs. All dogs are born with hair on their faces, some even having...

    Read More
  • Broccoli Is A Man-Made Plant And Is Never Found In The Wild

    Ever walked through nature and said wow that's beautiful broccoli growing over there. No, you never have, and never will do. That is because you will simply never find broccoli growing out in the wild. Never has anyone walked through a forest and gazed upon rows of wild broccoli. And the answer lies in its...

    Read More