The Cook County Sheriff’s Police Bomb Squad was called out to the Orland Park Police Department Thursday, after a man brought in an old grenade that turned out to be a dud.
A man cleaning out his deceased father’s residence in Orland Park found the grenade, and brought it to the police department to turn in for disposal around 4:30 p.m., according to Orland Park Police Commander John Keating. A police supervisor then took the grenade out of the station to the parking lot, for the bomb squad to investigate, Keating said.
Bomb technicians determined the grenade was a “non-functioning military grenade, and they disposed of it” about an hour later, Keating said.
The police department’s front parking lot was blocked off for about an hour, and reopened once the area was secured, Keating said.
“Visitors were escorted into the police station through a rear entrance, and the station stayed open during the event,” Keating said.
The Orland Park Police Department does not recommend transporting any potentially explosive items under any circumstance, including if people are uncertain whether an item is real or not.
In the event a person does find such an item, the best course of action is to leave it alone, and call the authorities, Keating said.
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