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Westmoreland has share of prominent African-Americans

Westmoreland has share of prominent African-Americans

Every February, the nation celebrates Black History Month and takes the  time to recognize the contr...

Leedstown Resolutions to be celebrated

The historic Leedstown Resolutions, a statement of self-determination and a protest against British ...

Lowry addresses school payroll problems

Speaking to the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors, Rebecca Lowry, the county’s superintendent...

Records: Payment mess going on for months

School board also responsible, according to county officials

The Westmoreland County School Board s...

Lowry stepping down as county schools head

Lowry stepping down as county schools head

Westmoreland County Superintendent of Schools Rebecca Lowry resigned suddenly last week.  
Lowry subm...

Stratford Hall hosting birthday bash for Lee

Stratford Hall hosting birthday bash for Lee

Stratford Hall, the 18th century plantation in Westmoreland County that is the birthplace of Robert ...

 

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Rumors of bomb threat explode

Citizens in Westmoreland shores were a little riled last Wednesday when Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, Westmoreland Sheriff's deputies and the Dahlgren Department of Defense Bomb Squad showed up in their neighborhood.

Rumors quickly surfaced that a bomb threat was occurring on Holly Vista Drive even hours after the actual incident was over.

On August 22, Westmorleland Sheriff’s dispatch received a call from a citizen in the 1200 block of Holly Vista Drive reporting what could have been an explosive device.

The resident and family were cleaning out their garage when they came across a WWII hand grenade that had been saved by the resident's late husband.

Westmoreland Sheriff, C. O. Balderson commended the family for not handling the device and calling officials to remove the item. “We could have had a very different situation if they had handled the item.”

Bryan Cummings and Danny Ricks of the DOD bomb squad said in an interview on the scene of detonation, “The grandchildren found the grenade and Gramma was very distressed, called 911, and we came out to investigate.” Cummings said the Gramma's late husband was saving the item as memorabilia.

Cummings said they discovered a live WWII hand grenade in deteriorated condition.  They evacuated the block for safety and removed the grenade. The bomb squad took it to a nearby field on Monroe Bay Circle where they remotely detonated the grenade safely.

 

 

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