For Immediate Release: 3/31/2011 8:18 am
Worcester, MA (March 31, 2011) - On Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at approximately 1:51 PM Worcester Police responded to a Tyson Road home for a report of found property which was possible hand grenades. Upon the officers' arrival he met with the female home owner. According to the woman, the home was being cleaned out and came upon what looked like hand grenades. The woman placed the grenades in a box and carried them outside in the back yard and called the police.
Worcester Police Detective Michael Sabatalo of the Arson Squad along with an ATF agent responded to the scene as well as the Worcester Fire Department and Worcester EMS. The Massachusetts Bomb Squad responded and assessed the found items. Police notified neighbors of the potential situation but did not evacuate at the time until the bomb technicians made their recommendations.
According to the home owner, she believes that the grenades were from her deceased father-in-law who served in the military during World War II.
The Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad determined that the grenades were inert and safe for transport. The technicians believed that these types of grenades were used for training exercises. The items were removed from the scene by the bomb technicians without incident. Surrounding neighbors were notified of the outcome and the emergency vehicles cleared from the scene.
There is no additional information to be released at this time.