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Updated: Dead Grenade Brings Out Bomb Squad

Redondo Beach police received a report Monday evening of a hand grenade found at the intersection of Manhattan Beach Boulevard and Inglewood Avenue.

A hand grenade that was later determined to be inert brought out the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department bomb squad to the 99 Cents Only store on Manhattan Beach Boulevard in North Redondo Beach late Monday evening.

Shortly after 7:30 p.m., an employee at the discount store reported that a round, green hand grenade with its pin missing was sitting on top of a recycling box at the store's entrance, according to Sgt. Shawn Freeman, a spokesman for the Redondo Beach Police Department.

Police said they immediately evacuated nearby shops, established a 150-foot perimeter around the grenade and called in the bomb squad.

According to Freeman, the bomb squad initially believed the grenade was live, but after further investigation with an X-ray machine, deputies concluded that the grenade was not explosive or hazardous.

"It was not a live grenade; it was not an explosive grenade," said Freeman. "We didn't know that until we had the bomb squad come out here."

In a news release sent several hours after the incident, Freeman said law-enforcement personnel don't know whether the grenade "was at one time an active military hand grenade."

Police also performed a secondary search of the surrounding area for any additional explosive devices. No additional devices were found.

Nobody was injured.

Freeman said that the bomb squad secured the dud grenade as evidence and will now attempt to determine its origins. Police said they will also examine security camera footage from the store to see if they can ascertain who left the device outside the store.

Anyone with information on the person who left the grenade is asked to call the Redondo Beach Police Department at 310-379-2477.

Kathy October 02, 2012 at 06:04 AM
It probably wasn't even a "real" grenade, they are just too embarrassed to say so. Come on now .99 store employees aren't the sharpest tools in the shed and it was probably a Halloween prop. It is October and .99 store has lots of Halloween decorations. If I saw something like that I wouldn't even know wtf it was let alone knowing it's pin was pulled, so how the f*&k did that employee know?
John Schreiber (Editor) October 02, 2012 at 06:13 AM
Kathy-- Sgt. Freeman actually told me they made sure the 99 cent store wasn't selling any grenade props for Halloween. According to the police, even the bomb squad thought it was a live, active grenade when they arrived and it took them 2 hours to ensure it wasn't. From all accounts I heard on the scene, it is an actual grenade, just without explosives inside of it... Like one of those military surplus paper weights you can buy.
Deanna Whipp October 02, 2012 at 06:17 AM
There's a $.99 store in RB??
Kent McCaman, Captain of Industry October 02, 2012 at 06:30 AM
Those "dummy" grenades are now illegal in California. They are on a list of stuff we can no longer have, a list that continues to grow as our liberties diminish. If you have one of these on a bookshelf at home as an homage to our troops, or as a novelty item that's mindful of your childhood days when you threw plastic grenades or "dirt clods" in playful combat with your friends, you are probably a dangerous felon waiting to be convicted.
Tim Sole October 02, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Forget the "Grenade", just pointing out our "Loss of Liberties" is enough to have "Big Brother" try to make you out as a dangerous felon who needs to be locked up.
Diane Naletich October 02, 2012 at 08:56 PM
So pleased that it was not "live"... every precaution needs to be taken.

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