Live Grenade Found By Elderly Woman In Kendall Backyard (VIDEO)

12/29/2011 09:09 am ET | Updated Feb 28, 2012

As first reported by CBSMiami, an elderly woman raking leaves in Kendall yesterday came across what she thought was a bullet.

When Miami-Dade's bomb squad arrived, they confirmed it was a live 40mm grenade used by the military. See the full report here.

As Miami-Dade Police Det. Roy Rutland told WSVN, "It appears this is a very deadly weapon. Had this weapon activated, it could actually take out a vehicle."

It is not yet clear why or how the grenade was placed in the woman's yard.

Yesterday turned out to be a busy day for South Florida bomb squads. Channel 10 reports that a suspicious device was found at a La Quinta Inn in Fort Lauderdale. When the bomb squad opened the package, however, they only found a lighter.

But the explosive news doesn't end there. Earlier this week, WSVN 7 reported that TSA agents at Fort Lauderdale Airport stopped a passenger after finding a grenade in her luggage. Even though the device had the explosives removed, such items are not permitted onboard flights.

And last week, a teenager in Atlanta was severely injured after the grenade he and a friend modified unexpectedly detonated, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Strangely, the grenade wasn't the first time live ordinance found in an unlikely place in Miami: last month, a Navy training mine washed up on Miami Beach, prompting a bomb squad scare before the Navy picked it up.

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