A morning cleaning project for a new Bay Village homeowner was more explosive than she expected when she found a grenade in the garage of her East Oakland Road home.

The woman found a U.S. Army training grenade above a door leading into the garage when she was cleaning June 13. Training grenades are inert, which means they are explosive, said Darren Ingham, a bomb disposal officer for the Bay Village Police Department. The fireworks were in the garage itself.

“She was pretty calm about it,” said Ingham, one of the officers answering the call. “She pointed it (the grenade) out to me where it was above the doorway.”

The grenade was only a few years old, Ingham said.

“It looks like the previous homeowner used it for a decoration,” Ingham said. “We were able to tell pretty quickly it wouldn’t go off.”

The woman, who also found some fireworks in the garage, was unaware of either of the potential big bangs. The previous homeowner had not said anything about the items, Ingham said. The fireworks were small, noise-making types, he said.

The bomb disposal unit took all the items and will destroy them, Ingham said.

The homeowner did not wish to comment.

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