Grenade detonated at golf course

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 11:56 AM
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A bad tee shot today at the Augusta Municipal Golf Course led to the discovery of a war relic and a visit from the Richmond County sheriff’s bomb squad.

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A pineapple-style grenade is safely detonated after a player found it half buried near the eighth fairway at the Augusta Municipal Golf Course.  Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
A pineapple-style grenade is safely detonated after a player found it half buried near the eighth fairway at the Augusta Municipal Golf Course.

A golfer was looking for his ball near the eighth fairway when he found a half-buried Mk 2, or “pineapple,” grenade, bomb squad Investigator Charles Mulherin said. Recent heavy rains washing down a hill probably unearthed it.

Investigator Mulherin said he couldn’t be sure if the grenade was live or whether the pin had deteriorated, so the bomb squad used explosives to detonate it. He said he couldn’t tell whether the grenade itself exploded.

Where it came from is a mystery worthy of History Detectives.

Mk 2 grenades went into production for the U.S. military during the final months of World War I and were used as late as the Vietnam War.

During the first world war the golf course was part of Camp Hancock, a sprawling Army base that covered 13,811 acres, including what’s now Daniel Field Airport and Forest Hills Golf Club. Historian Joseph Lee III, who wrote a history of the camp, said the municipal golf course property was woodland that wasn’t suitable for tents because of a ravine.

But that wouldn’t keep soldiers off it. There might have been a machine gun range there, Mr. Lee said. Soldiers also might have slipped off into the woods for privacy.

“Look, there were 40,000 guys here, and they were everywhere,” Mr. Lee said. “And there were girls, too.”

Camp Hancock’s parade ground later became the city airport, and during World War II it was taken over by the military and used as an Army air base.

There’s also the possibility the grenade made its way to Augusta in a duffel bag and somehow got dropped on the golf course, Investigator Mulherin said. It was found about 30 yards from the Daniel Field fence.

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pthsssh
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pthsssh 03/18/09 - 12:00 pm
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Somebody must have really

Somebody must have really boomed a drive.

CyndiCk
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CyndiCk 03/18/09 - 12:31 pm
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Instead of 18, maybe someone

Instead of 18, maybe someone wanted to make just one big hole.

tampaa
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tampaa 03/18/09 - 12:54 pm
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Be serious people,someone

Be serious people,someone could of been hurt or killed. Those remarks were not funny.

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Dan White 03/18/09 - 12:59 pm
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Why am I laughing?

Why am I laughing?

Spackler
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Spackler 03/18/09 - 01:06 pm
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Darn gophers

Darn gophers

TheShep
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TheShep 03/18/09 - 01:08 pm
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There you go! The

There you go! The greenskeeper was trying to get rid of the gophers.

boys24
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boys24 03/18/09 - 01:17 pm
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You know they did used to

You know they did used to call it the Cabbage Patch... maybe they were just preparing for harvesting.

truth-now
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truth-now 03/18/09 - 01:18 pm
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Probably fell off of an

Probably fell off of an airplane as it took off from Daniel Field.

CyndiCk
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CyndiCk 03/18/09 - 01:23 pm
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Maybe there were deploying

Maybe there were deploying illegal alien migrate workers like paratroopers for the harvest.

CyndiCk
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CyndiCk 03/18/09 - 01:25 pm
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Maybe they grew cabbage

Maybe they grew cabbage there?

russelllyn
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russelllyn 03/18/09 - 01:26 pm
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does anyone know where the

does anyone know where the cabbage patch name originated?

truth-now
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truth-now 03/18/09 - 01:32 pm
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the fairways were (are?) so

the fairways were (are?) so full of weeds, the kind that are big and leafy, like cabbage.

RU4Real
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RU4Real 03/18/09 - 01:35 pm
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I think they are doing a

I think they are doing a remake of Caddy Shack. Maybe they were intending do a few scenes before the tourny.

dpm626
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dpm626 03/18/09 - 01:36 pm
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Did anyone see Bill Murray

Did anyone see Bill Murray dressed as the grounds keeper running around there?

My_2nd
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My_2nd 03/18/09 - 01:37 pm
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tampaa - no one was, so stop

tampaa - no one was, so stop crying.

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 03/18/09 - 01:45 pm
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PTHS, Don't you mean someone,

PTHS, Don't you mean someone, bombed a drive... I know they just spent some money building a new bunker near the green off Highland. Maybe this was a cheaper way to start another one...

UNKNOWNDRAFTER
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UNKNOWNDRAFTER 03/18/09 - 01:56 pm
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Sandy: Carl I want you to

Sandy: Carl I want you to kill all the gophers on the golf course

Carl Spackler: Correct me if I'm wrong Sandy, but if I kill all the golfers they'll lock me up and throw away the key.

Sandy: Not golfers, you great fool. Gophers. The little brown, furry rodents.

Carl Spackler: We can do that. We don't even need a reason.

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pthsssh 03/18/09 - 02:04 pm
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My only concern is; Does The

My only concern is; Does The Patch give "WW-I grenade checks" to replay your round? I've never gotten one of those.

rebelgirl
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rebelgirl 03/18/09 - 02:54 pm
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i'm glad i'm not the only one

i'm glad i'm not the only one who's medication isn't working this month

Lipstick
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Lipstick 03/18/09 - 03:05 pm
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lmao

lmao

toldya
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toldya 03/18/09 - 03:13 pm
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I'm no "mastermind" but you

I'm no "mastermind" but you think maybe someone whould go out there with a metal detector and see if there may be more? Use to be a testing ground? hello?

truth-now
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truth-now 03/18/09 - 03:24 pm
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good idea, sabertooth.

good idea, sabertooth.

rufus
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rufus 03/18/09 - 04:12 pm
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Some people will do anything

Some people will do anything to get out of a bet.

Rob Pavey
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Rob Pavey 03/18/09 - 04:21 pm
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I hope somene remembered to

I hope somene remembered to yell, "Fore!!!."

Don KING
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Don KING 03/18/09 - 04:24 pm
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Dang global warming turned a

Dang global warming turned a pine cone into an explosive device!

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 03/18/09 - 04:31 pm
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I heard it go off on the tape

I heard it go off on the tape on the radio. I loved the reaction.

thisreallysucks
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thisreallysucks 03/18/09 - 04:55 pm
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Not mine; I was playing a

Not mine; I was playing a Titlelist!

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 03/18/09 - 05:05 pm
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Back in 1945. my great-great

Back in 1945. my great-great grandfather and an army buddy were readying to be shipped out for war. They were in a hurry and did not notice the grenade had fallen from their gear until they were on the front lines and reached down for it and it wasn't there. However they made it back alive, but they never found the grenade. I am glad no one got hurt, but my great-great grandfather would be pleased to know the grenade was found.

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SCMedic 03/18/09 - 05:11 pm
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Ummm,,,maybe they were

Ummm,,,maybe they were installing a new 19th hole,,,I understand the golfers get bombed at the 19th hole,,,Oh I kill me,,,seriously,,glad no one got hurt.

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thistownisunbelievable 03/18/09 - 05:24 pm
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I knew somebody (post 3) was

I knew somebody (post 3) was going to be a wet blanket and fuss about the hilarious posts that would result from a grenade being found on the course. I laughed out loud.

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