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Sheriff's Station Lobby Evacuated After Man Brings Grenade

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File photo.
From City News Service

The front lobby and parking lot of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station were closed for more than an hour while the Bomb Squad rendered safe a World War II grenade that was brought to the station by an 84-year-old man trying to get rid of it, authorities said today.
  
The man brought a brown paper bag into the front lobby of the station at 6:10 p.m. Sunday, explaining it was a World War II training grenade and he wanted to help a friend's widow discard it, said Sgt. Joe Acevedo of the Sheriff's Arson/Explosives Detail.
  
Deputies told the man to put the bag in the parking lot and closed the front lobby and parking lot to visitors, Acevedo said.
  
Bomb Squad investigators arrived and rendered the old grenade safe and the station resumed normal operations at 7:25 p.m.
  
Investigators determined the device was a World War II practice grenade called a MK-II.
  
"We recommend the public not touch, pick up or transport anything that might be flammable or explosive," said Acevedo. "You should instead immediately call local authorities and let us render it safe where it is."
  
No one was injured and no criminal charges are pending, he said.
TT January 21, 2014 at 10:33 AM
What exactly is a "training/practice grenade"? Is it explosive and dangerous, or is it just a harmless heavy thing shaped and weighted like a real grenade? Why are major points such as this left out of stories? I wish the media would just tell us what is going on without inserting their agendas.
Home Ranger January 21, 2014 at 12:07 PM
Agree that a key piece of information is missing in the article: Was the grenade live? How was it "rendered safe?" But I fail to see any agenda is inserted here, beyond lazy reporting.
rubberband January 22, 2014 at 11:04 AM
We have a program at our police department where we can turn in old or unused unwanted ammo. I found a bunch of very old ammo in my father-in-law's Marine case...and I turned it in.... I wonder if this gentleman was doing just that, thinking it was the responsible and wise thing to do. I might have done the same thing with a grenade.

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