Finding An Live Grenade At Villers-sur-Mer In France
A family trip to Normandy in France turned scary when I ended up finding a live grenade from World War II while digging on the beach with my brother.
Villers-sur-Mer is known for the large topiary dinosaurs facing the sea from the garden of the office of tourism. In certain years, a baby dinosaur is added to the garden.
On one afternoon we decided to start digging out a hidden river near the beach where I eventually found a rock, I tried to smash it since it was an odd looking rock. After a few tries I noticed it was metal and wanted to bring it back to show my dad at the camp site.
We met our parents on the way up when all of a sudden my dad started screaming to throw the rock away. It was a grenade. Later that day the cops informed us that the grenade was still an active grenade remaining from World War II. They find lots of grenades and other explosives weekly still on Normandy beaches.
I was truly lucky that I survived that day since it was still an active grenade with the pin still in it.
Villers-sur-Mer is the starting point of the Vaches Noires cliffs - a site where many fossils have been discovered. A mini museum in the enclosure of the office of tourism, and has an outline of the resources and discoveries. It is a place universally known by specialists in the amonites and other fossils.