Goodwill store finds look-alike grenade in donations

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GREENWOOD, Ind. (WISH) — Police were called to a Greenwood Goodwill store over the weekend after workers there found something unusual in the store’s donations.

Officers responded to the store, located at 997 East County Line Road, after workers found what they believed was a hand grenade among some donations around 6 p.m. Saturday.

The first officer on scene said the item that looked like a grenade wasn’t dangerous, noting that the fuse had been pulled and the bottom was drilled, 24-Hour News 8’s news partners at The Daily Journal report.

On Tuesday Assistant Chief Matt Fillenwarth told 24-Hour News 8 that it was not actually a grenade, but looked like one.

A spokesperson for Goodwill says they weren’t sure when the suspected grenade was donated or who dropped it off. She thinks whoever brought the look-alike grenade in didn’t realize it was mixed in with other items.

Authorities removed the grenade look-alike from the store. They say this isn’t the first time they’ve been called to a Goodwill on the report of a hazardous material being donated.

Police say old explosives and ammunition can be dangerous and they’re often called to check on old grenades and dynamite in people’s homes.

Fillenwarth says that from time to time, Goodwill gets things like this when families are cleaning up after a loved one dies and they donate boxes of stuff and Goodwill finds things from veterans, but in this case it wasn’t real. Fillenwarth said if it was real, they would have called another agency to take care of it.

 

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