Muskegon County man finds 158 bowling balls under reverse gear


On a normal day, most people don’t expect to find a bowling ball in their reverse gear, but a man from Norton Shores found more than 158 under his own.

David Olson, 33, was demolishing the back steps of his house on the morning of July 1, when he saw a black sphere buried in the sand behind cinder blocks.

While demolishing the back door of his home in Norton Shores, David Olson discovered 158 bowling balls.

“It was one of the bowling balls. I didn’t think about it much. I kind of assumed there were maybe only a few just to fill. Basically, quite a whole one. grid lines of them are the weight in there, ”Olson said.

“I was actually kinda happy with that because it’s a little easier to roll bowling balls than it is to move the sand and figure out where to put it all,” he said.

While Olson's initial count totaled 50 bowling balls, further advancements in his renovations have seen more and more bowling balls.

As Olson’s initial Facebook tally totaled 50 balls, he found more and more. At 2 p.m., Olson had about 120 bullets. The final tally stood at 158, although Olson said he could feel more balls in the ground. In recent days, Olson has discovered two more, bringing the number to 160.

“There is definitely more… but at this point in the area where I have to work I dug about 2 feet lower than when I found my last bullet and I think it’s pretty much cleaned up in this section, ”he said. .

Olson's final tally of buried bowling balls stood at 158, although he said there were certainly more buried still.

When he first discovered the bullets, Olson said his thoughts were on his three curious young children. He contacted Brunswick Bowling Products, the maker of the balls, and asked if they could be toxic. After about a day, Olson received a response. Olson sent in photos, and after running the serial numbers on the bullets, the company determined that they were made in the 1950s and verified that they were safe and could be disposed of.

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While this cache may be a bowler’s dream, the balls won’t be making their way to the lanes anytime soon. Olson said most of the balls were in poor condition and each of the balls had two spiral grooves cut out.

Olson said most of the bullets he discovered were in poor condition and each bullet had two spiral grooves cut out.

As to the origins of the ball, Olson said there is a Brunswick bowling ball factory in Muskegon. He said some former Brunswick employees contacted him through his Facebook post and workers used to take discarded bowling balls to use as a cheaper alternative to gravel or sand.

Olson said he plans to use the balls as a border for his landscaping or to make sculptures. He also donated eight balls for a nearby church to use in a bowling ball cannon at a roast pork. He will also give some to his father-in-law, who plans to use them as custom-made furniture legs.

Contact Kyle Davidson, Breaking News Intern: [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @jrndavidson.


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