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Live World War II grenade removed from Naperville home

An apparently live, World War II-era grenade was safely removed earlier this week from the attic of a house southeast of downtown Naperville.

Members of the DuPage County Bomb Squad picked up the grenade and disposed of it without incident, after it was discovered inside a home on the 400 block of South Wright Street. No one was injured.

The house is a few blocks south of the campus of North Central College and along the northern edge of the East Highlands neighborhood. A written Naperville police bulletin indicated officers were called there about 11:10 a.m. Monday, after a woman found what appeared to be “some type of explosive device from WWII in the attic of her parents’ home.”

Sgt. Lou Cammiso said an inspection concluded the device was a launcher-type grenade or shell from the World War II era, and that “it appeared to be still live.”

Bomb squad members were summoned to the scene “and removed the ordinance from the home,” according to the police bulletin. Cammiso said they “collected it for disposal,” loaded it into a “containment trailer” and moved it to an undisclosed, safe area for destruction.

Cammiso added police did not evacuate residents of nearby houses during the incident.

Dawn Domrose, spokeswoman for DuPage County Sheriff John E. Zaruba, said Wednesday the bomb squad member who oversaw the operation was off-duty, and that his formal, written report had not yet been submitted.

Some World War II veterans have been known to bring home grenades or other weaponry as souvenirs of their service. It is not known how the item ended up in the home’s attic or for how long it might have been there.

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