City business was briefly interrupted Wednesday afternoon after a woman brought a World War I/II era hand grenade to the Arcadia Police Department. The woman is a Los Angeles resident in her 60's who is staying with friends in Arcadia. The grenade was found in her Los Angeles garage and she believes it belonged to her father who served in WWII with the US military. The woman brought the grenade to the police station for disposal.
The live grenade had been left in the woman's car which was parked in the public parking lot between Arcadia City Hall and the Police Department. As a precaution, public access was limited, the area was blocked off, and City staff was asked to remain inside the facilities.
Members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Bomb Squad responded to assist with the incident. The deputies determined that the grenade was a live "Mills Bomb" commonly used by British military from 1915-1970's. The grenade was removed from the vehicle and rendered safe by the deputies. Due to the condition of the device, it was disposed of at the scene and not transported for destruction. The incident began at about 3:00 pm and was resolved by 6:00 pm.
This is a good reminder that if you come across munitions, explosives, or ordnance, leave them in place and notify your local law enforcement. Over time, the explosives may become unstable and not safe to transport. Let the experts determine how to to dispose of the device. Thanks to the LASD Bomb Squad for assisting!