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Good deed nearly gone bad: Man carries grenade into police station

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An older man was prob­ably try­ing to do the right thing on Sunday af­ter­noon when he showed up at the po­lice de­part­ment’s North­east Di­vi­sion headquar­ters car­ry­ing a white plastic bag.

He wanted to dis­pose of the old hand gren­ade in­side the bag. Un­for­tu­nately for dozens of po­lice and ci­vil­ians there, the device was still live and po­ten­tially ex­plos­ive.

Po­lice hur­riedly evac­u­ated the build­ing at 2831 Levick St., which houses the 2nd and 15th patrol dis­tricts, North­east De­tect­ives and the North­east in­spect­or’s of­fice. Then the bomb squad showed up and safely re­moved the gren­ade.

And the older man dis­ap­peared.

The en­tire epis­ode took about 20 minutes. By 5 p.m., things were back to nor­mal, po­lice said. No in­jur­ies were re­por­ted.

Ac­cord­ing to Of­ficer Tan­ya Little, a de­part­ment spokes­wo­man, the man said he had bought a ra­dio at a flea mar­ket, took it home and found the gren­ade rat­tling around in­side. In the com­mo­tion, po­lice didn’t get his name or the loc­a­tion of the flea mar­ket. ••

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