The Oregon State Police last week warned local beachgoers that there were grenades that had washed up on the shore and appeared to still have the capability of exploding.
According to a statement that the Newport Police Department released on Wednesday, three separate grenades had washed up on the beach of Newport a day earlier after somehow washing up on the shore.
As pictured in a photo that was shared by the department of defense, the grenades were white in color and cylindrical in shape and were labeled M116A1, according to the department of defense. They were marked with the phrase “Warning: Explosive” in large red letters on the front and the back.
According to the police department, “If you encounter such a device, we urge you not to handle it or attempt to move it, which served as a warning to the public in the statement issued by the department. Report the location of the device to the police.”
According to a company that provides the devices to the US army, M116A1 grenades are used primarily for training soldiers as they simulate “battlefield noises and effects.” When detonated, a “simulated explosion” occurs within six to 12 seconds.
Initially, it was unclear where the grenades found in Newport came from.
It has been known for explosives to wash up on beaches in the past. There was a “sea mine” found on a Florida beach in April 2021.
According to Miami news station WPLG, that device was labeled “inert,” suggesting it could be used for training.
The US air force was eventually contacted to investigate that device.