Snagging what he thought was just trash, firefighter Matt Tucker instead reeled in a piece of history and an discomforting mystery on a fishing excursion.
Fishing at Fellows Lake near Springfield, Missouri, Tucker hooked a tangle of line on the bottom of the lake. As his lure came out of the water, he realized he had caught an old sock with something odd inside. Tucker, a former army member, knew exactly what the old object was inside the sock he fished out: the weight of the device inside and its pineapple ridges told him it was a Vietnam-era hand grenade, with the safety pin still intact.
According to News-Leader, Tucker gently rested the grenade in the sock on nearby rocks as he went to report his find to authorities.