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.