Child in critical condition after rearmed World War II grenade exploded in hand

Legal News for Florida Personal Injury Attorneys. The person that rearmed a grenade could face charges in connection with an incident that injured a young boy.

Florida personal injury attorneys- Child suffered critical injuries after World War II grenade explosion in home.

Lakeland, FL (News)—A young boy suffered critical injuries when a rearmed grenade detonated in his hand on Thursday, February 18, 2010. The horrifying incident occurred in a Lakeland, Florida residence at approximately 5:30 p.m., according to information provided by The Polk County home was reportedly located on Sunnydale Lane.

According to authorities from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, a 9-year-old child who reportedly had a lighter in one hand and a grenade in the other, touched the World War II explosive device with the lighter, consequently causing it to detonate. Shrapnel allegedly shot through different rooms of the household, resulting in damage that revealed how serious the blast truly was. The child was reportedly flown to a hospital after the explosion to be treated by doctors and nurses. He was apparently listed in critical condition.

Police officials did not disclose the child’s identity. Reports state, “It was empty. It was not a live grenade, and some family member stuffed it with a detonating device at some point and time.” The grenade was allegedly used as a paperweight and was not believed to be live. The person responsible for rearming the grenade could face legal action in connection with the explosion. Investigations into the incident are expected to continue.

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Florida Personal Injury Lawyers.