Live hand grenade found at Sayville diner

SAYVILLE - The owner of a Sayville diner made a potentially explosive discovery in the form of a grenade beneath the floorboards of his business yesterday.

Dimitrios Sioutopoulos, who owns Sayville Modern Diner, says he called a plumber in to check on a gas leak in a crawlspace. Minutes later, the plumber emerged from the cramped confines with a terrified look on his face.

The plumber found what looked like a hand grenade, which he photographed with his cell phone. Sioutopoulos called police, and the arson squad that arrived to remove the explosive confirmed that the grenade was live.

Sioutopoulos says the diner has been in his family since the 1930s, and the grenade turned up next to some relics from the 1940s.

"It's kind of scary actually to think that it could have gone at any minute, and it was right next to the gas line," says waitress Tiffany Popke.

Police say the grenade was taken to a bunker, where it will be destroyed at a later date.

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

An Amtrak power problem in one of the 1 More headaches for LIRR riders after Amtrak power problem
Jack Martins, a Republican member of the state 2 Sen. Martins announces Nassau exec bid
An Amtrak power problem caused Long Island Rail 3 Amtrak power problem causes more LIRR disruptions
Suffolk County has scrapped a controversial proposal to 4 Suffolk scraps proposal to raise ticket fees
Police say Jay Marcello inappropriately touched teenagers while 5 Prosecutors: Camp counselor accused of sexual abuse had 8 victims

advertisement | advertise on News 12


Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.