BRADENTON, Fl. (WFLA) – Several homes in a Bradenton mobile home park was evacuated Saturday morning when a woman found an explosive device inside an oven inside her neighbor’s residence.
The incident occurred just before 10 am at the K & K MHP in the 4900 block of 14th St. West.
According to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report on Thursday, Don Ealand was picked up by his son David for a trip to Texas. David Ealand asked his father’s neighbor to clean up the home and pack up his father’s belongings and he would return to get them.
The unidentified woman was cleaning out the kitchen when she opened the oven and found a duct taped package inside containing a ‘pineapple-style,’ grenade. A burner on the top of the oven was left on leaving an odor of gas in the air.
The woman turned off the oven, left the residence and called for help.
Several surrounding trailers were also evacuated as the MCSO bomb squad was contacted. The commander of the unit gave commands to turn off all power to the trailer via an outside breaker. A Hazmat team with Manatee County Fire Rescue was also dispatched to the scene.
An investigation revealed the grenade was doused in a flammable substance. A K-9 unit conducted a sweep of the home but no additional incendiary devices were located.
The Ealands – Don and David – were located in Lufkin, Texas and questioned by police. The report states both men were cooperating with authorities. The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office will be handling any further issues in regards to this matter as Don maintains residences in both jurisdictions.
The investigation continues.