Grenade-like device found, destroyed in northeast Gainesville

Published: Friday, August 1, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 1, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.

Officials destroyed what appeared to be a live grenade Friday evening, hours after it was discovered in northeast Gainesville.

A waste management employee discovered the device near a dumpster in the 2500 block of NE 9th Street at about noon, said Gainesville Police spokeswoman Officer Summer Hallett and Alachua County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Steve Maynard.

Because the device is considered military ammunition, authorities in Gainesville contacted Patrick Air Force Base in Brevard County. Base officials arrived in Alachua County at about 6 p.m.

Traffic near the location was blocked off, but Hallett said no evacuations were ordered. Authorities don’t know where the device came from.

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