September 20, 2020

First responders swarm antiques store after possible grenade found

One old object is attracting an explosion of interest at a Mississippi antique store.

Emergency personnel swarmed the Meridian store Tuesday after an employee found a hand grenade inside a box.

Officials told local news outlets that they weren’t sure of the origin of the device or if it was real, but were treating it as if it were explosive.

In some cases, antique stores receive replica grenades or grenades with the explosives removed.

The area around the antique store was cordoned off and people were evacuated.

Lauderdale County Emergency Management Director Odie Barrett said bomb technicians were brought from Jackson to examine the device.