WWI Bomb in Michigan Home Opened to Reveal Hidden Treasure

by Matthew Memrick

One Michigan family cleaning house recently found two wild surprises: A hollowed-out WWI bomb and a whole bunch of cash inside the torpedo shell.

The Atwood sisters were cleaning out a Lansing family member’s home when they discovered what they thought was a live ammunition round. Soon after, they called the police. Later, they called WLNS and other media. 

Sisters to Bomb Squad: Bombs That Away!

Melody Atwood joked that her sister used a foul word at the sight of the object. The sisters couldn’t believe they stumbled upon a real-looking torpedo.

The sisters were cleaning their aunt’s house. The women were moving this aunt, who had dementia, into a nursing home. They had quite a job ahead of them as they soon learned the aunt was “a collector” of many things.

As Melody got stuff downstairs together, her sister worked upstairs in a bedroom closet, according to ABC 13. Soon Melody heard her sis call down to say there was a problem.

They shook the torpedo for the ticking. No, wait. *checking notes* They just let it be.

“We were checking out the closet to see how much we had to unload from there, and lo and behold, she found a torpedo,” Atwood said.

Lansing Police played hot potato (not literally) and passed the job off to the Michigan State Police Bomb Squad.

The squad x-rayed that torpedo and concluded the ammunition was not live.

But the X-ray did reveal something else.

The Money Bomb

The cops and the sisters realized they had a hidden trove of coins and bills ranging from the 1800s to the 1900s.

Atwood said the torpedo shell had been cleaned out and stuffed with a whole lot of dinero. The woman identified some of the contents, including wheat pennies, Buffalo Nickels, old dimes, and silver certificates. The coins mainly were from the late 1800s, while the bills came later in the 1920s.

Sadly, the bomb squad had to take it away.

Wait. No, the non-live round. Not the treasure.

“(Michigan State Police) kept it,” Atwood told WLNS. “It’s not something you can have in your possession. So they were surprised we had it to begin with.”

Besides, the money belongs to Atwood’s aunt. But everyone’s going to find out how much the money booty’s worth.

Atwood told ABC 13 that the sisters were looking for a coin buyer who could appraise the collection. Then, the plan would be to sell the money to pay for the aunt’s nursing home costs.

Melody Atwood said she learned something from the wild experience. She told ABC 13 that the moral of this story is “while cleaning out old homes, be patient and always look in dark places.”