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Sheriff's Station Lobby Evacuated After Man Brings Grenade

File photo.
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.

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