Grenade found in Syracuse; bomb squad robot used

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SYRACUSE, Ind. (WANE) A grenade was found near a donation box in Syracuse on Monday, and a bomb squad robot was used to safely recover it.

A robot was used to recover an apparent grenade found near a donation box in Syracuse. (WSBT)
A robot was used to recover an apparent grenade found near a donation box in Syracuse. (WSBT)

Syracuse Police were called just after 11:30 a.m. Monday to the Goodwill donation box near 203 E. Pickwick Dr. on a report of a possible explosive device that was lying in the grass nearby. A responding officer found a “military-type grenade” in the grass, police said.

While police investigated, nearby businesses and residents were alerted of the threat and ordered to remain indoors. Pickwick Drive was closed to traffic.

The Elkhart City Bomb Squad was then called to the scene. A robot was used to recover the grenade, and it was placed in a containment vessel. It was taken to a “safe zone” for destruction, police said.

Bomb squad officers said the grenade was likely a dud, but it will be investigated further before it is destroyed. It’s not clear where the grenade came from.

The whole ordeal lasted just more than two hours.

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