Grenade Scare Snuffed Out at Waste Facility

A worker found the object in a trash bin, police say

Thursday, Feb 24, 2011  |  Updated 10:09 AM CDT
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Grenade Scare Snuffed Out at Waste Facility

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Workers were allowed back into the Waste Management facility at 13707 S. Jeffrey Blvd. about two hours after the building was evacuated during a grenade scare. 

Earlier Thursday morning, an employee of the facility said he found an object resembling a grenade in a garbage bin where trash and recyclables are separated.

The Bomb and Arson Unit investigated the object that looked like a grenade and determined it was a “practice grenade” that apparently was harmless, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Police were called around 6:14 a.m., and workers were sent to a shelter about a block and a half away.

Employees were allowed back to work just before 8 a.m.

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