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.
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).”
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.