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Indiana man killed after a grenade his family found in their grandfather’s belongings exploded in his home, police say

Bryan Niedert, 47, died at his home in northwest Indiana after a grenade exploded, authorities said.Sandra Leidholdt/Getty Images

  • A man in Indiana has died after a grenade exploded in his home, authorities said.

  • His family was rummaging through a grandfather’s belongings when they found the grenade.

  • The device exploded after someone pulled the pin, according to an initial police statement.

An Indiana father died and his two children were injured after a grenade exploded in their home on Saturday, police said.

Bryan Niedert, 47, died at his home in the Four Seasons Lakes neighborhood in northwest Indiana, authorities said, according to CBS.

Her two children, an 18-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, were taken to a nearby hospital with shrapnel, the outlet added.

The family was rummaging through a grandfather’s belongings when they found the actual grenade, and someone pulled the pin, the Lake County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement on Facebook. by CBS.

But the statement was taken offline on Sunday evening.

Police later said they were “investigating whether the device may have exploded due to its age or other factors, whether the pin was pulled, or whether other circumstances may have been involved.” reported NBC5 Chicago.

Authorities initially said the injured boy was 17, but later corrected his age to 14, according to ABC 7 Chicago.

A bomb squad has been called in to survey the area and homicide detectives are still investigating, according to the outlet.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Department did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment sent outside of normal business hours.

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