Hand Grenades Found at New River Explosion Site May Have Been There for a "Long Time"
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Hand grenades were found at the New River ranch where a man lost his foot in an explosion last week.
A 49-year-old man apparently stepped on something that exploded while he was helping friends move out of a house on the ranch, which used to be owned by a military weapons maker with a shady background.
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The former owner of that ranch, Charles Byers, who manufactured explosive devices at the site, told a TV station in California last week that he was absolutely certain that no explosives were left at the site.
MCSO Deputy Joaquin Enriquez investigators just finished a "secondary and final search" of the property, which yielded three hand grenades:
"The grenades appeared to be very weathered and likely were on the property for a long time. Each was disposed by a bomb technician.The site is one of the former manufacturing facilities for Accuracy Systems Incorporated, which was well-known for some highly unsafe practices.
Back in 1989, there was an explosion at a facility in Buckeye, which decapitated one man, and injured two others.
At the time, New Times interviewed several employees about the safety practices at the plant, or rather, the lack thereof.