Grenade Found in Thrift Store's Donated Items

Device determined to be non-explosive

Monday, Mar 11, 2013  |  Updated 4:09 PM CDT
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Grenade Found in Thrift Store's Donated Items

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A grenade was found Monday morning among donated clothing at a thrift store in the Hermosa neighborhood on the Northwest Side, but it was later determined to be non-explosive.

A Unique Thrift Store employee was sorting through donated clothing at the business in the 4400 block of West Diversey Avenue when he found the grenade, according to a police spokesman.

The employee notified his manager, who reported the grenade to police, Mirabelli said. The store was evacuated and traffic was cordoned off.

Responding officers contacted the police Bomb and Arson unit, which determined the grenade was “inert” and did not contain any explosive materials, police say.

The "pineapple" grenade, named due to the similar ridges on the surface, was blue with a green top and attached pin.

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