ROCK HILL A boy and his friend playing pretend "Call of Duty'" found a hand grenade in the woods behind a home on Stonewall Avenue last week.
Jeremiah Pride, 9, dug it out of the ground while playing war with toy guns at his home in the 400 block of Stonewall Avenue. He was on his knees pretending to shoot someone when he felt something unusual.
"They didn't really understand what they had at first," said Jeremiah's mother, Mary Pride. "When they brought it around the front, we noticed it was a grenade and I called the police."
Dispatchers warned them to be careful with the grenade until police arrived.
"I ran across the street far away from it," Jeremiah said.
The grenade body had no fuse or explosive, according to a Rock Hill police report released Wednesday. It was secured and taken to a bunker for destruction.
Jeremiah described the grenade as a "big old ball" with a "whole bunch of little bumps going all the way through it." It had holes on the bottom and top, with "a whole bunch of dirt packed inside of it," he said.
It's unclear where the grenade came from or how long it was buried. The grenade was "very old," Pride said.
"You could tell it had been there a lot of years, maybe from the Civil War days," she said. "It was very rustic."
After determining it was harmless, police offered to let Jeremiah keep the grenade. But Pride wasn't comfortable around the grenade, so she asked police to take it.
In hindsight, Pride wishes she had said "yes."
"It was a part of history," Mary Pride said. "He could have taken it to school for show and tell at history."
Jeremiah called his discovery "very, very cool."
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