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State police bomb squad responds to grenade found in Greenfield home

— The state police bomb squad was called out to deal with a potentially dangerous discovery in a local home.

At about 1 p.m., police were called to a Cedar Street home, where a grenade had been discovered while the house was being cleaned out.

Though it raised alarm for those who found it, it wasn’t out of the ordinary for the bomb squad, according to Fire Marshal Stephen Coan, to whom the bomb squad reports.

A trooper with the bomb squad responded to the house, and found that the grenade posed no danger, said Coan.

“Through the use of an X-ray and other tools, the grenade was found to be inert,” said Coan.

The grenade found was the “pineapple” type, named for the fruit it resembles, and familiar to watchers of war movies worldwide. Though it may have looked menacing, it was but a shell; all explosive materials had previously been removed, said Coan.

Once it was determined that the grenade posed no threat, it was taken by the trooper.

“If it hadn’t been inert, we would have had to call in additional personnel” to assist in deactivating the ordnance, said Coan.

“These are fairly typical calls,” said Coan. “Primarily, (grenades) are found in the homes of veterans of previous wars, who bring them home as souvenirs. We have no reason to believe this was any different.” During spring cleaning season, he said, the bomb squad receives such calls on a weekly basis.

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