More than 100 hand grenades found in Sutter County, recovered by Beale Air Force Base |

More than 100 hand grenades found in Sutter County, recovered by Beale Air Force Base

More than 100 hand grenades were found in a gully in south Sutter County on Saturday morning.

Of the 113 grenades recovered by a Beale Air Force Base explosives team, at least three appeared to be live, said Sutter County Undersheriff Jeff Pierce.

Around 9:30 a.m. the sheriff’s department received a call from fishermen who found a couple of grenades alongside Pacific Avenue, in a gully between Howsley and Catlett Road, he said.

No one was injured, Pierce said.

As of Saturday afternoon, the grenades had been transported to the base for destruction.

Pierce said the grenades had been there for “quite some time,” but couldn’t provide a specific time range. Most were found in the water — beneath silt — with some along the embankment. Most were rusted, he said.

Rachel Rosenbaum is a reporter for the Marysville Appeal-Democrat. Contact her at

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