When Catherine Fox hit a hard object while digging in her partner’s garden, she banged it with her spade in the hope it might shift.
Now, she shudders at the thought of her assault on what was later confirmed to be a hand grenade - with the pin still in it!
Catherine, 28, of Hope Avenue, Goldthorpe, is still recovering from last week’s near miss .
The find came as she helped to clear the garden of a council property her partner Lisa Patell, 32, and her four children have moved in to recently at Merrill Road, Thurnscoe.
“We were burning rubbish and I was digging a hole for ashes.” she explained. “I was only one to two feet down when I hit it.
“It wouldn’t move so I dug it out. I was suspicious but thought it very unlikely it was a grenade or suchlike. It was covered in mud.”
It was evening, so Catherine placed the object at the top of the garden in some old carpet, then the next day returned for a closer look.
“We put it in water then it became clear what it was - a rusty explosive of some sort. I was shocked!”
The police were called and blocked the street off as they removed the device. “Everyone’s a bit wary now. It’s made us wonder if all gardens round here should be checked to make sure there are no more bombs,” added Catherine.
A police spokeswoman said: “Police were called after a hand grenade was found in the garden of a property on Merrill Road in Thurnsoce.
“Officers liaised with explosive ordnance disposal experts and the device was taken to Wombwell Police Station overnight and has since been safely disposed of by EOD officers.”
The women have heard no more about their discovery, they said, but the children who live at the Merrill Road house are still wary of going in the garden.
“It caused a lot of interest. We are trying to find out more about this area and why the grenade was there,” added Catherine.
“People laughed when they knew I’d found it. This kind of thing happens to me.”