Gre­nade leads to clo­sure

Connecticut Post - - NEWS - By Jim Shay and Tara O’Neill

MIL­FORD — A lo­cal res­i­dent brought a gre­nade he found in a house out­side of the city to the Mil­ford Po­lice De­part­ment on Fri­day, forc­ing the clo­sure of the de­part­ment’s lobby and front lot for about half an hour.

Of­fi­cer Mike DeVito, the Mil­ford po­lice spokesman, said the man went to the po­lice sta­tion in Mil­ford be­cause he lives in the city. DeVito said the gre­nade was found in an­other area of Con­necti­cut.

The man was, as part of his job, clean­ing out a house in an­other town where no one was home.

“He came across an an­cient gre­nade,” DeVito said. “So he brings it out, puts it in his car and drives it — not to the town he was in, but he takes it to Mil­ford Po­lice De­part­ment.”

The man told Mil­ford of­fi­cers what he had in his car and the of­fi­cers de­cided it looked like a gre­nade and called in the State Po­lice Bomb Squad, DeVito said.

While this was un­fold­ing, around 12:40 p.m., po­lice an­nounced that the front lot and lobby of the po­lice de­part­ment was closed to the pub­lic as they dealt with what was called a “sus­pi­cious item.”

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