Nine-year-old Edward George Weise III of Lakeland, Florida, was in the kitchen of his home late yesterday afternoon, holding a WWII pineapple grenade in one hand and a lighter in the other.
He lit the lighter next to the grenade and it exploded, critically injuring himself and sending shrapnel through the wall and into other rooms in the house, advised Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.
The boy was home with his mother, Ann Marie Weise, who dialed 911.
Edward was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital and operated on by the hospital’s trauma team. Meanwhile, his mother was transported to Lakeland Regional Hospital and treated for emotional trauma.
“Edward is significantly injured, and it’s just a really sad situation,” said Judd, who went on to say that the grenade was purchased hollow, but that a family member had filled it — possibly with black powder.
The case is currently being investigated by the sheriff's office and the state fire marshal division.
“Quite frankly, if criminal charges are appropriate, they will be brought once the investigation is complete,” said Judd.