Grenade handed over to Santa Cruz Police forces closure of Center and Laurel streets

A Santa Cruz Police Department cruiser
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

A community member brought an incendiary device to the Santa Cruz Police Department on Monday afternoon, prompting the authorities to close parts of Center and Laurel streets. They reopened the roads 45 minutes later.

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The Santa Cruz Police Department closed down the corner of Center and Laurel streets on Monday afternoon when a resident turned in a highly unusual find — a grenade.

SCPD deputy chief Jose Garcia said that the grenade was actually an incendiary device — a weapon designed to start fires. The resident obtained the device from the property of a deceased acquaintance who lived outside the county.

The man brought the device to the police at 12:54 p.m., and the police shut down the block around their Center Street headquarters at 1:20 p.m. The department quickly called the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad, which removed the device. SCPD reopened the streets at 2:05 p.m.

Garcia said that, should a community member find a suspicious or potentially dangerous item, they should leave it alone and contact authorities right away.


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