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Grenade Found in Parking Lot of Norwood Church

The Massachusetts State Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit was called in for a grenade found in the lot of the Living Waters Church on Walpole Street on Sunday night.

The following is a release from the Norwood Police Department:

At approximately 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27 the Norwood Police, assisted by Norwood Fire Department, responded to a call reporting an Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) in the parking lot of Living Water’s Church on Walpole Street.

A nearby resident had located a grenade in a family member’s apartment and moved it outside to a safe area. Officers Baguma, Lyden and Wennerstrand set up a perimeter to protect the scene. They were able to identify the ordnance as an MK 2 “pineapple” style grenade. The Massachusetts State Police (MSP) Explosive Ordnance Disposal was notified. Trooper Sicard, a Hazardous Devices Technician from the MSP responded, and went to work. Ultimately, the grenade was deemed to be inert, and not a threat. No controlled detonation was necessary.

The MSP “Bomb Squad” has hi-tech equipment able to identify special threats involving explosives. The equipment includes a portable X-RAY machine which was used in tonight’s investigation. The X-RAY can show the operator in near real-time if a device contains explosive materials. Perhaps, the most important piece of equipment on board a MSP Bomb Squad truck is its dog. In this case Sierra, Trooper Sicard’s bomb-sniffing dog, lent assistance at the scene.

Please, if you discover a suspicious package or a device which resembles explosives report do not risk injury by investigating it yourself. It may include wires, batteries, timers or something resembling explosives. Do not touch it or move it. Instead, you should move a safe distance, at least 50 to 100 yards away and then call 9-1-1. The use of electronics near it, or moving a suspicious device, commonly known as an ‘IED’, can cause a detonation from static electricity alone.

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