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Published September 24, 2012, 06:14 PM

WWII grenade found on banks of Red River

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Our dry weather is leading to a treasure trove along the banks of the Red River.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Our dry weather is leading to a treasure trove along the banks of the Red River.

But one treasure hunter got an unexpected find, that led to the bomb squad being called.

Old bottles, broken dishware and scraps of metal are all left out in the open on the banks of the Red in Moorhead which is at its lowest level in about eight years. And along this stretch last night a slightly more unusual find.

Russell Stonecyper, Artifact Hunter: “You know it was laying right up on top of the dirt you know so I could see what it was. Picked it up about 3 inches, could see it was heavy and put it back down again right away.”

And this is what he found: a pineapple style grenade from World War II and Stonecypher knew right away what he had.

Stonecyper: “Army training teaches you that kind of thing.”

And this is the spot on the Red River just North of the Hjemkomst where the grenade was found. Police said he did the right thing by calling it in right away.

Lt. Tory Jacobson of the Moorhead Police department says this is not the first time they've dealt with World War II ammo.

Lt. Tory Jacobson, Moorhead Police: “We have had people that are maybe going through Grandpa's property or something like that and they have contacted the police department saying there are some munitions here that I am concerned about and it's actually been quite alarming sometimes what they are or have been able to bring back from the military.”

And Stonecypher has also found other items along the Red this summer.

Stonecyper: “About 11 silver coins so far this year. I found a bronze like wedding ring, just a lot of glass.”

But don't think this Red River mud is your ticket to fortune with valuable coins.

Stonecyper: “Not enough to buy new batteries for the metal detector. You know it's fun.”

And besides, by the evidence of the hole where the bomb squad blew up the grenade you could get more bang then bucks.

The bomb squad blew up the grenade about 10 last night, along the river, because they were worried it could not be handled safely.