A person who was doing yard work in their backyard unearthed what appeared to be a grenade at approximately 5:30 pm on Wednesday evening on the 5300 block of Worthington Drive in Bethesda on Wednesday evening, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Serviced (MCFRS) Chief Spokesperson Pete Piringer.
MCFRS Fire/Explosive Investigator and Police Patrol Officers arrived on the scene to investigate and determined that the device was inert (non-explosive). In related tweets, Piringer expressed the importance of calling 911 and reporting suspicious or unusual activity to local law enforcement: “Whether you are on your way to work, walking in your
neighborhood, or out and about in your community, remember: We all play a role in keeping our communities safe. Remember to stay vigilant and say somethingwhen you see signs of suspicious activity.”
ICYMI (~530p) 5300blk Worthington Dr., Bethesda, @MontgomeryCoMD A person doing some yardwork unearthed what looked like a grenade, @mcfrs Fire/Explosive Investigator & Police Patrol Officers checked it out (investigated) & determined the device to be inert. (non-explosive) pic.twitter.com/JZ1eNBqKu2
— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) June 29, 2022
This news is no surprise to us. My husband dug one up when he was a young boy in our home on Jamestown Road around the corner from Worthington. We use it as a doorstop.
Jamestown was an extension of Military Road and was in fact called Military Road prior to the Westmoreland development in the 1930s. It was a military encampment around our area in the Civil War. “Battery Bailey” was installed about ten years ago in Little Falls Park about that history. We know how you can get more information if anyone is interested.