BOISE – Boise Police bomb technicians were called to a home in northwest Boise Monday afternoon after the couple living there found a World War II-era hand grenade.
The home is in the 8100 block of N. Dodgin Avenue, which is north of State Street and to the east of Horseshoe Bend Road. The street was blocked off as a precaution and residents living in that area were told to stay inside their homes.
A spokesman for the Ada County Sheriff’s Office tells KTVB that the couple was going through a box of old stuff when they came upon the grenade. It is unclear if it still works.
Meaghan McCandlish lives nearby and heard all the sirens in her neighborhood. When she came out of her home she was told by officers that a hand grenade had been placed under a tree in front of the home. She said some homes were evacuated, but she was allowed to remain.
The bomb squad removed the grenade and planned to take it out to the desert to safely detonate it. The all clear was given shortly before 5 p.m. and the street was reopened to residents.