Military expert critical of slack explosives controls after boy loses arm

A group of teenagers in the Goodwood area were reportedly injured by a hand grenade that was allegedly taken from one of the teen's father’s safe.

They were playing with the hand grenade when it exploded and blew the hand off of one the youngsters on Monday.

According to newspaper reports, the hand grenade belonged to the father of one of the children who was part of the military and is now overseas.

Helmoed Heitman, military expert and defence analyst says anyone who served in the army should know how dangerous these things are and this should not keep it in the house.

Unfortunately control is imperfect in every country...

Helmoed Heitman, Military expert and defence Analyst

Heitman says there are several incidents of military officers helping themselves to the weapons. He says the grenade might have been taken from one of the drills performed in the army as a souvenir.

It shouldn't happen but the fact of the matter is that it happens.

Helmoed Heitman, Military expert and defence Analyst

Why would anyone be stupid enough to have a hand grenade lying around in the house, that baffles me...

Helmoed Heitman, Military expert and defence Analyst

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