Ammo stash has mom worried

2013-06-05 00:00

A BUILDER conducting renovations at a home in Milliken Road in Prestbury made a scary find when he discovered an Italian-made grenade above the bathroom ceiling.

The grenade was found concealed in a box, along with assorted ammunition. It was later found to be just a shell containing no explosives.

The owner of the house, Rozelle Petersen, expressed her shock at the find.

She told The Witness that her family had bought the house in 2007 and were doing renovations in their toilet and bathroom.

“I was called by the people working at the house who said they found the box in the ceiling of the toilet,” said Petersen.

“I almost fainted, as I was thinking about my children. We have been in this house for five years now. What else is in this house that we don’t know about?” said Petersen.

The mother of two was on her way back from taking her daughter to a doctor when she received the news.

Her other daughter, aged three, was at the house when the discovery was made.

Hadley Abrahams, who was putting in the new ceiling, said as he was removing the old ceiling he found the box.

A former solider, Abrahams said he immeditealy recognised the contents in the box as old ammunition. “I called the owner and we put the box on top of a wardrobe,” he said.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said they found 14 spent cartridges and 22 rounds of ammunition.

“It was an Italian grenade, two 37 mm stopper rounds to control crowds and AK47, R5 and .45 pistol ammunition.”

She said all the ammunition was safe and had been fired.

It appeared — from the box it was found in — that the ammunition had been placed there in the 1970s and was probably the stash of a collector.

Jeevan said that the area from Slangspruit to Mount View and Hilton had formerly been a site connected with the Boer War and that similar finds of even older spent rounds were made from time to time in people’s gardens and around their homes.

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