TEGUCIGALPA – Four people were wounded when a grenade found by an 11-year-old boy near a Honduran army firing range exploded, the press reported Sunday.
The grenade went off Saturday in the village of Agua Blanca near the 2nd Infantry Battalion’s firing range, located about 30 kilometers (about 19 miles) north of Tegucigalpa.
Geovanny Antonio Varela, who was out collecting firewood or metal for recycling, according to different media reports, found the grenade.
The boy found two rocket-propelled grenades and put them in a bag, but one of the RPGs exploded when he tossed the bag on the ground at home, killing his dog.
The boy, his father and two other relatives were wounded by the blast.
An armed forces spokesman told reporters he had no idea how the grenades ended up in an area to which the boy had access.
The four wounded civilians were taken to hospitals in Tegucigalpa and are out of danger, spokesmen for the Teaching Hospital and the Children’s Hospital said.
The police bomb unit detonated the other RPG.