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Victorville man brings old hand grenade into county fire station, area evacuated

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The discovery of an old hand grenade in a Victorville man’s garage led to the evacuation of a county fire station and part of a golf course yesterday, before authorities realized the weapon was inert.

The Press-Enterprise reports that a man walked into San Bernardino County Fire Department Station No. 22, located at 12550 Jacaranda Ave., at about 11 a.m. Thursday and produced a grenade he had found while cleaning out his garage.

Upon seeing the explosive, authorities evacuated the station, which is located between Victor Valley College and Spring Lake Country Club. They also evacuated part of the country club, and portions of nearby roads were closed as well. The college was left alone.

A Sheriff’s Department bomb squad determined that the grenade was not explosive.

The San Bernardino Sun relays a gentle reminder from authorities that “fire stations are not equipped to store explosive devices nor will the stations accept explosives or weapons of any kind.” Instead, people discovering weird old explosives should call 9-1-1.

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