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Grenade, blasting caps send police scrambling

By Stephen Betts | Aug 08, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts Smoke dissipates after state police blew up a grenade and blasting caps near the Rockland landfill.

Rockland — A woman cleaning out a house Thursday morning, Aug. 8, found some unexpected items.

And those items -- a grenade and blasting caps -- led state and local police to respond quickly.

The woman, who is from out of state, was cleaning out her father's house in Rockland when she found the explosives, Deputy Police Chief James Pease said Thursday. The woman took the explosives to the Rockland Police Station on Park Drive.

Rockland police immediately contacted the state police and a bomb squad came to the station.

The grenade was found to be inert, with the powder having been removed, Pease said. The blasting caps, however, were real. The bomb squad took the explosives to the city landfill, where they were blown up next to a large pile of dirt shortly after noon.

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