BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WHNT)- Authorities say an Army explosives expert removed a practice grenade that had lodged in the leg of an Alabama man, who prompted a bomb scare when he sought treatment at a Birmingham hospital and was confined by police to an ambulance outside.
Police said a bomb disposal technician from Fort Benning, Georgia, safely removed the 40mm practice grenade from the man’s thigh early Saturday. Dave Hyche of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives called the soldier’s actions “extremely heroic” because authorities were unsure if the grenade contained high explosives.
Al.com reports police closed the street outside UAB Hospital for hours after the man in his 60s showed up late Friday. He told police he was tinkering with the practice grenade when it launched into his leg.