Grenade found near home creates scare in Coats

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A worker renovating a vacant home in Coats got a scare Monday afternoon when he found what he thought was an unexploded hand grenade near the home.

Officers responded to a home on Washington Street after the worker reported something that appeared to be a hand grenade lodged against part of the house, according to Chief Jeremy Hall of the Coats Police Department. The item was buried in dirt next to a step.

Coats officers monitored the situation after calling a bomb squad as a precautionary measure. The bomb squad responded from Fort Bragg.

The squad examined the grenade and determined it was what Hall called a “dummy,” meaning it was not a live grenade and there was no danger of it exploding.

It is not known how the grenade got next to the house.

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