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Hand Grenade Found At Juvenile Courthouse, Nobody Hurt

May 28, 1995

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Police evacuated inmates and closed streets around the Orange County Juvenile Courthouse on Sunday after finding a live hand grenade wedged into a door. The grenade was detonated safely and no one was injured.

Bomb squad technicians removed the grenade attached to the handle outside the courthouse’s front door after a security guard noticed it at 8:45 a.m., sheriff’s spokesman Carlos Espinosa said.

Nine juvenile inmates and 11 courthouse staffers were evacuated. Police also closed off streets for one mile around the building, Espinosa said.

The grenade was buried in an isolated area with its pin still inserted and then blown up, shooting dirt and debris about six feet in the air.

No suspects were identified and no one called police claiming responsibility, Espinosa said.

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