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Training grenades cause stir at apartment building

Aug 10, 2011 2:26:00 PM - thestate.com
An explosives scare at a Northeast Richland apartment led to an evacuation this morning.

Polo Village Apartments, 1270 Polo Road were evacuated after a cleaning crew found what appeared to be a grenade in a unit formerly occupied by a U.S. Army soldier, the Richland County Sheriff's Department said.

Around 10 a.m., someone from the apartment complex called deputies, who arrived and determined the object was in fact a training grenade. The department's bomb squad detonated it in an open field.

Later, around 11 a.m., a second training grenade was found in the room. This time, the department contacted Fort Jackson, whose own ordnance disposal unit took possession, the sheriff's department said.

It was not clear if the soldier will face discliplinary action for possessing the objects, although Fort spokesman Pat Jones said training grenades were not explosive and available at Army surplus stores.

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