PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pittsburgh Police Bomb Squad removed a possible grenade from a parking lot near the Riverview Manor senior high rise building late Friday in the Brighton Heights section of the city.
As police cordoned off the immediate area, a robot moved in first to render the device safe.
Then, it was carefully removed by a specially-suited member of the bomb squad.
“It appears to be a grenade. We rendered it safe and we’ll take it to the police range to see if it contains any explosive materials,” Police Detective Michael Burns of the Arson Squad said.
Burns said it’s not unusual for veterans to return from overseas with war memorabilia, and then their relatives find the items later on and throw them out.
The device was found near a dumpster by Bruce Hunt, who lives in the neighborhood.
Hunt told KDKA-TV: “I was looking for old newspapers in the dumpster, and I happened to look down, and on the ground there was a green grenade there. I took a closer look, and it looked real to me.”
Detective Burns said the device was taken to the range, and will be tested in the next day or so.
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