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Idiot's Idiotic Live Grenade Bookend Explodes after Idiot Pulls Pin

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Sort of stupid: using WWII grenades as bookends. Really stupid: giving one of those grenades to a neighbor, no questions asked. Extremely stupid: accepting said grenade. Maximum stupid: immediately pulling the pin from that grenade. Bomb squad, come on down!

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For the record, it's surprising that someone dumb enough to use a grenade as a bookend would read enough to require a bookend, but I digress. The gent, Orlando's WKMG Local 6 reports, "Quickly realized something wasn't quite right" and then "replaced the pin." A man of true insight. The pin-happy fellow, acting on his intuition that there was something off about the grenade he'd just triggered, called in the police bomb squad.

The grenade (and another the neighbor had—you know, for the rest of her books!) was detonated by robot in a nearby field, leaving a two-foot crater in the ground. To replace this unfortunate loss of bookends, we suggest using bricks, or heavy coconuts, or literally anything else that isn't filled with 70-year-old explosives. [ClickOrlando]

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tyler.derden

How do these things work? I thought that when you pulled the pin and let go of the handle a chemical reaction is started that leads to the triggering of the explosive after a few seconds. Closing the handle and putting the pin back wouldn't stop the chemical reaction.

Does anyone know how they actually work?