KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A grenade that was found downtown on Sept. 18 was live, police said.
Kansas City police said that the grenade was found in a pile of belongings that appeared to belong to someone who was homeless, they said in a tweet. They are not sure who left it there.
First responders shut down the area around 7th and Grand Wednesday morning around 9:30 a.m. as they investigated. Police said at 10:29 a.m. that they secured the device, and the surrounding areas reopened.
They called the device a “modified hand grenade,” which they have now determined was live.
“It should go without saying, but please don’t leave grenades – even inactive ones – just lying around,” KCPD tweeted earlier.
Police said the grenade will be safely disposed.
UPDATE: The grenade was live. It was found among a pile of belongings that appeared be a homeless person's. Investigators have been unable to determine who left it there. Bomb & Arson Unit will safely dispose of it. If you see what looks like a grenade, don't touch it! Call 911!
— Kansas City Police (@kcpolice) September 20, 2019