Grenade Situation in Grants Pass Successfully Defused

Two citizens found the grenade as they were clearing out a home in order to move.

Posted: Apr 2, 2018 2:50 PM
Updated: Apr 2, 2018 6:22 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A situation involving a 'live grenade' dropped off at a Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS) building has been safely defused.

According to authorities on the scene, a grandmother and her grandson found the device while they were moving out of a home. They believe the old piece of ordinance was produced in the 1940s, probably during World War II.

The two citizens thought that they should turn the grenade over to law enforcement, and they drove it across town to drop it off at the GPDPS building, which is used by both police and firefighters.

GPDPS called the Oregon State Police Bomb Squad. The entire evacuation of the area surrounding the building took two and a half hours. Experts with the Bomb Squad determined that the old weapon was 'inert' and not an actual live explosive.

The Associated Press reports that the grandmother told an officer that someone had given her the grenade in 1945. Officers placed the grenade on the ground and evacuated all surrounding areas until the Bomb Squad could arrive.

Police say that if members of the public ever stumble upon explosives like this, they should call police—and never drive it into a police station.

Police say no further investigation is planned.

This is still a developing story, and we will update as more details emerge. 

CLICK HERE for our earlier story, when law enforcement first reported the incident.

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