A Vietnam veteran who tried to transport leftover military grenades to Fort Hood for proper disposal Thursday afternoon instead stopped at the request of local law enforcement near Lacy Lakeview, authorities said.

The man had between eight and 12 explosive military weapons in his possession and had decided he wanted them to be properly disposed of, McLennan County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy David Kilcrease said. The man, a former military explosives expert who reportedly lives in Italy, Texas, believed taking the devices to Fort Hood would be the best option, Kilcrease said.

During the man’s drive with the potentially explosive items, local law enforcement was contacted and was put in touch with him, Kilcrease said. Officials urged him to pull over and wait for the McLennan County Bomb Squad for assistance, which he did.

Bomb technicians met the man near Connally Elementary School and safety removed the devices. The school was closed for the holidays.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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