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Dummy grenade leads to evacuations in Berwyn

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A dummy grenade found in the home of an elderly man in Berwyn today led police to evacuate several buildings including a funeral home, police said.

The incident began at about 11:45 a.m. after the man's caretaker found several guns and the grenade in the home on the 3100 block of South Oak Park Avenue, said Berwyn Police Chief Jim Ritz.

The man was being moved to a senior care facility when the caretaker found two unloaded handguns along with a shotgun, said Ritz. But when the caretaker found the grenade hidden in the home, police called in the Cook County Sheriff's bomb squad unit, Ritz said.

After evacuating several buildings on the block including a nearby funeral home, bomb squad officers went into the home and discovered that the military-issued grenade had been bored out and did not pose a hazard, said Ritz.

Police closed down the street near the home and people were allowed to return to the buildings about an hour later, Ritz said.

The guns and the dummy grenade were confiscated, Ritz said.

There were no injuries.

csadovi@tribune.com

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