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Grand Forks RCMP dispose of live grenade

Grand Forks RCMP say a live grenade turned in to their office has been disposed of.

Police say a woman came in to the detachment on Thursday with some firearms and ammunition she didn’t want. Also included was a “realistic looking” grenade, which was seized, secured, and stored.

They consulted the RCMP’s explosives unit, who determined it appeared military-grade and referred the matter to the Canadian Armed Forces, who came the next day and confirmed the grenade was real and not inert. They seized and disposed of it.

Police say often, when people are cleaning out a family member’s home, they come across firearms and other weapons, but these items should never be brought to a detachment. Police would rather you call them and an officer will attend and seize the items.

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“This was a potentially scary incident,” said Sgt. Darryl Peppler. “We are trained to treat all firearms and other weapons as live, and this is a good example as to why we do that.”

Peppler said the grenade belonged to someone the woman knew, but they are still investigating its background. While they are not legal to own, he said they are often kept as military souvenirs.

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