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Police: ‘Grenade’ at recycling plant was a butane lighter

January 17, 2019

AUBURN, Mass. (AP) — Police say what was at first described as a live grenade at a Massachusetts recycling plant turned out to be a lighter.

The Massachusetts State Police bomb squad responded Thursday morning to Casella Recycling in Auburn to a report of a “live explosive device.”

Auburn police tweeted out the all clear just after 10 a.m. and said the device was a “butane lighter which had been designed to look like a live hand grenade.”

The plant was evacuated and people were told to avoid the area.

No injuries have been reported.

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