Grenade found in Southwest Harbor

A live grenade has been found in a vehicle outside the Southwest Harbor Police Station. Police officers and local firefighters have cordoned off the parking lot and have sent for the Maine State Police to assess the situation, according to local Fire Chief Sam Chisholm. (Bangor Daily News/Bill Trotter)
A live grenade has been found in a vehicle outside the Southwest Harbor Police Station. Police officers and local firefighters have cordoned off the parking lot and have sent for the Maine State Police to assess the situation, according to local Fire Chief Sam Chisholm. (Bangor Daily News/Bill Trotter)
Posted Oct. 01, 2010, at 2:32 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 12:07 p.m.

SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine – Police and firefighters blocked off the parking lot in front of the Southwest Harbor Police Department for about three hours Friday after a local man arrived at the station with a grenade.

The man had found the grenade among his deceased brother’s belongings and brought it to the police department to ask what he should do with it, according to local Police Chief David Chapais.

The man left the grenade in his truck when he went inside to talk to police. Maine State Police Trooper David Barnard later safely removed the grenade from the truck. Police weren’t sure if the grenade was live or not, but Barnard said state police would destroy the grenade.

“If anyone comes across something like this, they should call us first [before they touch or attempt to move it],” Chapais said.

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