Grenade Detonated Early Friday at Lake Erling In Lafayette County

By KZHE/Sam Austin, 09/9/22 7:09 AM

Residents of Lake Erling and southern Lafayette County may have heard a loud explosion around 12:30 this morning.  The boom was a controlled detonation of a 40 cal. medium velocity Grenade used in an M203 handheld launcher.  The grenade was found by a local fisherman on the banks of the red river around 8pm.  The Lafayette county sheriff’s department, along with the OEM, Lake Erling fire department, Arkansas Game & Fish, and officials from Barksdale air force base were able to conduct a controlled detonation of the grenade around 12:30am this morning.  An investigation as to the origin of the grenade is ongoing.