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Gutter ball: Michigan man finds 158 bowling balls under home, thinks he’s solved mystery of why

Brunswick Bowling Products had a plant in the area. Former employees told him that workers used to take scrapped bowling balls to use as an alternative to gravel or sand.

David Olson kept digging up more bowling balls as he worked on replacing his outside stairs at his home near Muskegon, Mich. Turns out that workers at a bowling ball manufacturing plant that used to be nearby would take home scrapped bowling balls and use them as filler instead of sand or gravel.
David Olson kept digging up more bowling balls as he worked on replacing his outside stairs at his home near Muskegon, Mich. Turns out that workers at a bowling ball manufacturing plant that used to be nearby would take home scrapped bowling balls and use them as filler instead of sand or gravel.
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NORTON SHORES, Mich. — One hundred and 58 bowling balls.

That’s the striking discovery a Michigan man made a striking discovery under his house when he went to demolish his back stairs.

David Olson, 33, said he found one ball buried in the sand behind cinder blocks and kept finding more over the following days.

“I was actually a little happy about that because it’s a little easier to roll bowling balls out of the way than to move the sand and figure out where to put all that,” he told the Detroit Free Press.

Olson thinks there are even more buried under his Norton Shores home.

He contacted the maker of the balls, Brunswick Bowling Products, which had a plant in the area, and was told that the bowling balls were made in the 1950s.

He said former employees contacted him and told him the workers used to take scrapped bowling balls to use as an alternative to gravel or sand.

Brunswick shut down the Muskegon plant in 2006. Olson said many of the balls aren’t in good shape. They don’t have finger holes and aren’t polished.

He has donated some and plans to give some to the Muskegon Heritage Museum and use the rest for landscaping or to make sculptures.