Father and Son Hurt By Grenade Detonator

Two men were slightly injured yesterday while examining a hand-grenade detonator which one of them had found while walking in an area near Congressional Cemetery-the site of an Army anti-aircraft installation during the war.

James P. Stone, 48, of 1354 E street N.E., who found the detonator, said "it looked like a toy cannon." He said he put it in his pocket and took it home.

The detonator exploded while he and his son, Daniel Victor Stone, 25, were examining it later. Both suffered minor injuries on the face and arms. Police said they were peppered with scores of minute metal segments by the explosion. They were treated by Dr. Christopher J. Murphy, 1300 East Capitol street.

The detonator for a hand grenade is filled with fulminate of mercury, a sensitive explosive, police explained. They warned persons who possess or find war souvenirs to be careful in handling them.

Source: The Evening Star

Publication date: November 26, 1945

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