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Suspected grenade found in Westminster; authorities find it’s not active

This inert grenade was discovered in the unit block of S. Church St. in Westminster on Friday afternoon.
This inert grenade was discovered in the unit block of S. Church St. in Westminster on Friday afternoon. (Office of the State Fire Marshal)

Authorities investigated a suspected grenade in Westminster on Friday afternoon but determined it was not active.

Lt. Steve Launchi of the Westminster Police Department said officers were called to the unit block of South Church Street at 2:44 p.m. for a report of what appeared to be a hand grenade found in a front yard. Police quarantined the area and called the Office of the State Fire Marshal for assistance.

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An officer from the Office of the State Fire Marshal removes a hand grenade that was found in the unit block of South Church Street in Westminster Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. The grenade was determined not to be active.
An officer from the Office of the State Fire Marshal removes a hand grenade that was found in the unit block of South Church Street in Westminster Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. The grenade was determined not to be active. (Dylan Slagle)

Launchi said personnel from the FIre Marshal’s Office X-rayed the device and determined that it was not active. Police recovered the device and cleared the scene around 5 p.m., according to Launchi.

According to a notice of investigation from the fire marshal: “Diagnostics were performed on the hand grenade in question and it was determined to be inert (free from explosives that could cause injury).”

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It’s unknown who the grenade belonged to or how it ended up where it did, according to the notice. An area resident discovered it.

In addition to Westminster Police and the Fire Marshal’s Northeast Regional Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Westminster Volunteer Fire Company all assisted the State Fire Marshal’s Bomb Squad unit, according to the notice.

The investigation is continuing.

Police from the Office of the State Fire Marshal and Westminster Police Dept. work in the unit block of South Church Street where a grenade was found in a yard. According to Lt. Steve Launchi of the Westminster Police Department, officers were called to the unit block of South Church Street at 2:44 p.m. for a report about what appeared to be a hand grenade found in a front yard. Police quarantined the area and called for assistance from the Office of the State Fire Marshal. Personnel from the Office of the State Fire Marshal x-rayed the grenade and found that it was not active. Police recovered the device and cleared the scene at about 5 p.m.
Police from the Office of the State Fire Marshal and Westminster Police Dept. work in the unit block of South Church Street where a grenade was found in a yard. According to Lt. Steve Launchi of the Westminster Police Department, officers were called to the unit block of South Church Street at 2:44 p.m. for a report about what appeared to be a hand grenade found in a front yard. Police quarantined the area and called for assistance from the Office of the State Fire Marshal. Personnel from the Office of the State Fire Marshal x-rayed the grenade and found that it was not active. Police recovered the device and cleared the scene at about 5 p.m. (Dylan Slagle)

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