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Grenade discovered, bomb squad called

July 8, 2014

PAWTUCKET – An apartment building on North Bend Street was evacuated Tuesday after a grenade was discovered by a cleaning crew in one of the apartment units, police said.
Maj. Arthur Martins, spokesman for the Pawtucket police, said a sewer leak in the apartment unit prompted the building manager to call in a cleaning crew, which discovered the grenade as well as a handful of bullet shells.
According to Martins, the RI State Police Bomb Squad was called to the scene and quickly determined that the grenade and rounds were not live.
“Why they were there we have no idea,” said Martins, adding the tenants living in the unit were on vacation at the time
Martins said the bomb squad immediately recognized that the grenade was not dangerous and that it was a type of grenade used for training.
Still, as a precaution, the apartment building, which has about eight to 10 units, was evacuated. Tenants were allowed to return to the building a short time later.
– Joseph Fitzgerald


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