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9-year-old boy finds hand grenade in Fukuoka rice field

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A 9-year-old boy found a hand grenade in a rice field in Iizuka, Fukuoka Prefecture, on Monday at around 3:40 p.m., and then took it home. The boy's father discovered the object around two hours later and handed it in to a local police station.

Police then cordoned off the area for 50 meters while the bomb squad came to collect it.

Police said the grenade was around 10 cm long, 5 cm wide, shaped like a rugby ball and covered in mud. The boy was quoted by police as saying: "I found it next to a rice field where a friend and I were playing. I wasn't scared because I pretty sure it wouldn't blow up. For its size, it felt quite heavy."

Fukuoka has been the scene of numerous disputes between rival organized crime gangs, and there have been cases in which hand grenades were used as weapons. According to police, however, there are no yakuza gang headquarters near where the grenade was found, so there is a very slim chance of yakuza involvement.

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Fukuoka has been the scene of numerous disputes between rival organized crime gangs, and there have been cases in which hand grenades were used as weapons. According to police, however, there are no yakuza gang headquarters near where the grenade was found, so there is a very slim chance of yakuza involvement.

Morons, of course it is the Yaks, who else throws grenades into rice fields?

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The farmer was just trying to make fried rice a little quicker?

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Was it a Japanese hand grenade or shall we blame the Americans

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Yaks? Japanese NEVER refer to the yakuza as "yaks."

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Only thing I ever found as a kid was a ninja star. A grenade would have been so much cooler, I think.

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Dudya: What's your point?

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Just open it up and check the tiny metal tags inside the explosives this will give country and manufacturer origin.

Could be a left-over from a previous war.

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Is there a grenade company nearby? It could have come from there.

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Maybe it's a pineapple.

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Pin in it or no?

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I would think a 9-year old boy would know better than to just pick it up and take it home.

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It was rusty so it had been there for awhile.

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Agree with Typhoon_Tom as does my 10yr old son.

Homerun2 no pin in they are lucky if it is a dud but a 3 seconds wait-time till tell aftre putting it down. ;)

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will tell after

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You would hope that a 9 year old boy would know better than to pick it up and take it home! I bet his parents were delighted. Ah well, he is safe and sound, no harm done, and I bet his friends were impressed.

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there are no yakuza gang headquarters near where the grenade was found, so there is a very slim chance of yakuza involvement.

Interesting logic. So that means if the police find a truckload of heroin at a shopping mall but no yakuza headquarters are nearby then the heroin couldn't possibly belong to the yakuza but to the owners of the shopping mall? Scary.

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Yup, there is a special rule that hand grenades may only be used near Yakuza headquarters. The gansters take that rule very seriously!

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Probably the greatest adventure of the boy's lifetime!

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Don't panic, they are now saying that it was a toy. A big fuss over nothing

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