A 12-year-old Glen Burnie boy went home after playing outside Monday night and told his father: "I found a hand grenade in the woods."
It was a live hand grenade.
Richard James Lowicki III, who will be entering the seventh grade at Old Mill Middle School in the fall, was playing ball in the woods near his home on Summer Wind Way about 8 p.m. when he found the grenade.
"I thought it was fake, like the ones you would buy at Sunny's Surplus, so I threw it in the Dumpster," said the youth, known as James.
"When I found out it was real, I was pretty scared."
James told his father, Richard James Lowicki Jr. -- a 35-year-old mortgage consultant -- about the grenade.
After looking at it, Mr. Lowicki called county police.
The bomb squad and the State Fire Marshal's Office were called in.
Richard Labrocco of the fire marshal's office disarmed the weapon, which officials said was an altered practice grenade that had been filled with gunpowder and was ready to be detonated.