Idaho woman thought grenade was fake — it wasn’t

September 2, 2018

CASCADE — A woman in Valley County recently found what she thought was a fake grenade, but the sheriff’s office says it was not fake at all.

The woman had been cleaning out her deceased brother’s trailer and moved the trailer to her property after his death. She took the grenade to the Valley County Sheriff’s Office after discovering it.

Deputies say they went with her to her car parked in front of the sheriff’s office and discovered that the grenade appeared to be live.

They immediately blocked the area off.

Cascade Rural Fire and EMS responded and all county buildings and operations were closed. The superintendent volunteered the school buses to assist with barricading streets. Cascade City Public Works also provided barricades.

The 366th Explosive Ordinance Disposal Squadron from Mountain Home Air Force Base dispatched a team to dispose of the grenade.

Traffic slowed the response due to the Labor Day weekend.

Once the grenade was inspected, it was taken to Hasbrouck Ranch where a controlled detonation occurred without incident.

Deputies searched the trailer and grounds where the grenade was found and they say they didn’t find any other threatening items.

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