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Discovery of WWII grenade prompts evacuations in South Park

SAN DIEGO – A hand grenade found in a South Park garage prompted police and firefighters to evacuate nearby homes for about an hour Thursday.

San Diego police and firefighters went to the home on Gregory Street near Ash Street at about 11 a.m. after receiving a call from the family of a World War II veteran who had lived there. The man had died recently and family members were going through his belongings when they came across a World War II-era hand grenade in a box of items in the garage. They called 911 and reported the device.

San Diego Fire Department bomb technician Matt Spicer said the department gets calls like this fairly frequently, San Diego being a military town. Technicians took X-rays of the device and determined that it was an MK2 "pineapple" grenade but it was not a live grenade, Spicer said.

Bomb technicians took away the device to prevent more calls about it later.