Family discovers WWII-era rifle grenade in Forrest County

Family discovers WWII-era rifle grenade in Forrest County

FORREST COUNTY (WDAM) - A man and his stepson were exploring their property outside of Camp Shelby in Forrest County when they made an explosive discovery.

Brandon Freeman and his 12-year-old stepson, Ben Jordan, were about a mile west of the North Gate of Camp Shelby when their metal detectors hit on something a few inches underground on Monday evening. They began removing the dirt with their hands when they discovered what Freeman initially believed was an iron pipe.

After picking it up and examining it, he started to believe that it was a military explosive, so he carefully set it down and went home to research it. After confirming his belief on Tuesday, he called the Sheriff's office to report it.

According to the Forrest County Sheriff's Office, deputies arrived just after 2:00 p.m. Tuesday and determined that it was, in fact, an explosive. A bomb squad from the Biloxi Police Department was called to the scene, and a charge was attached and detonated on site without incident. No injuries were reported and no property was damaged.

The explosive is believed to be a World War II-era rifle grenade.