Grenade Discovery Prompts Evacuation of DuPont Pioneer Employees


DuPont-Pioneer in Johnston. (WHO-HD)

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JOHNSTON, Iowa — DuPont Pioneer employees were evacuated Monday afternoon after an employee discovered a hand grenade.

The Des Moines Register reports the grenade was found around 4:30 p.m. in a field in the 7200 block of Northwest 62nd Avenue. The field is just south of the Iowa National Guard’s headquarters at Camp Dodge, but the property is owned by DuPont.

Des Moines’ bomb squad arrived on scene and determined it was a World War II-era grenade. Officials safely disposed of the grenade.

Des Moines Sgt. Paul Parizek told the Register that the grenade had likely been there for decades from the Camp Dodge training facility.

No one was injured in the incident.


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