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What Happens When “Around 10:30 a.m. a citizen transported a hand grenade they had in their possession to the 4th District Police station for disposal”

by Prince Of Petworth December 7, 2015 at 11:10 am 22 Comments

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe Newman

From MPD on Sunday:

“Around 10:30 a.m. a citizen transported a hand grenade they had in their possession to the 4th District Police station for disposal. The follow roads are closed pending it’s safe recovery:

5900-6000 blocks of Georgia Avenue NW
900-1000 blocks of Peabody Street NW

The businesses and residences have been evacuated as well to include:

WalMart
McDonalds
4D Police Station”

From the Mayor’s Office:

“Brightwood neighbors – today, a resident arrived at 4D Police Station on Georgia Avenue NW to turn in a grenade they found. As a precaution, Georgia Avenue was closed. MPD has been in touch with federal partners who will take possession of the device. Please stay clear of the area this afternoon and follow instructions of public safety officials if you are in the area. At this time, no injuries are reported. We will post an update as more information is available.

Mayor Bowser”

MPD later wrote:

“At this time the suspicious package in the 900 block of Peabody Street, NW has been declared safe and all closures have been reopened.”

and

“According to the reporting person, her deceased husband had been in possession of the hand grenade for many years. It had been given to him by his grandfather.”

Remember when those old grenades were found during a Columbia Heights row house renovation?

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