ROCKLAND — Emergency crews evacuated several homes Thursday evening, July 28, and blocked off a street following the discovery of a grenade.

Rockland police said a grenade was found in the basement of a home on James Street. The explosive device was then taken outside the house.

Rockland police and fire personnel evacuated homes in the vicinity and closed off James Street which runs between Main and North Main streets. The house is located east of the playground, closer to Main Street.

The Maine State Police bomb squad and the Maine Fire Marshal’s Office were contacted and responded. The State Police Bomb Squad arrived and took the grenade. The Fire Marshals Office has taken lead on the investigation.

The grenade had been altered and was not a danger to anyone, according to Maine Public Safety Public Information Officer Shannon Moss. The grenade had been left by someone who had lived at the residence but moved out in 2015. The bomb team will dispose of it, she said.

The crews responded to the discovery of the grenade shortly before 7 p.m. July 28.

James Street was reopened to traffic by 9:30 p.m.

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