Man catches grenade while magnet fishing off Kentucky bridge

PADUCAH, Ky. — A man who was magnet fishing off a Kentucky bridge found an unwanted catch stuck to his line on Monday -- a grenade.

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Shawn Dougherty was fishing off the Clarks River Bridge in Paducah and felt something hit his line at about 4:15 p.m. CDT, KFVS reported.

According to a news release from the Paducah Police Department, Dougherty pulled up his line “to discover a grenade on the magnet,” The Paducah Sun reported.

The Paducah Police Department's Bomb Squad was called out Monday evening when a man using magnetic fishing gear off...

Posted by Paducah Police Department Kentucky on Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Members of the Paducah Police Department’s bomb squad and McCracken County sheriff’s deputies responded to the bridge, WPSD reported

“The squad used a robot to retrieve the grenade and put it into an explosive storage container,” the Paducah Police Department said in its news release. “There is no reason to believe that the community is in any danger and no foul play of any kind is associated with this incident.”

The grenade was then safely removed, authorities said.

The road leading to the bridge was closed for approximately four hours to secure the scene and safely remove the device, WPSD reported.

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