Grenade prompts shelter in place in Pittsburg

March 17, 2009 6:41:55 PM PDT
Pittsburg High School and a nearby Contra Costa County courthouse were ordered to shelter in place today when a man attempting to dispose of what appeared to be a live grenade brought the device to the area, Pittsburg police Lt. Brian Addington said.

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At about 3 p.m. a man approached a police chaplain at a gas station in Pittsburg and told him that his father had recently passed away. The man told the chaplain that as he was going through his father's belongings, he found what appeared to be a live grenade, Addington said.

The man gave the grenade to the chaplain so he could properly dispose of it.

As the chaplain was driving along Civic Avenue near Contra Costa County Superior Court in Pittsburg on his way to drop the grenade off at the police station, he called police and was told not to bring the device into a public area, Addington said.

The chaplain stopped and placed the grenade on a grassy area between the courthouse parking lot and the road that leads to City Hall while he waited for police to arrive.

Pittsburg police called the Walnut Creek bomb squad, which came and took the grenade away, Addington said.

The area around the grenade was closed off for about 40 minutes while the grenade was removed.

As a precaution, Pittsburg High School, which is a couple blocks from the courthouse, was placed on lockdown for about 40 minutes as well.

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