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Oklahoma City bomb squad investigates two grenades found downtown

Police determined two grenades discovered Thursday at Goodwill Industries, 316 S Blackwelder Ave., did not pose a public safety threat, Oklahoma City police Capt. Dexter Nelson said.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: June 26, 2014 at 9:55 pm •  Published: June 26, 2014
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photo - Employees return to work at Goodwill Industries, at 316 S Blackwelder Ave., after evacuating the building due to a bomb scare over two grenades found there in Oklahoma City Thursday, June 26, 2014.  Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman
Employees return to work at Goodwill Industries, at 316 S Blackwelder Ave., after evacuating the building due to a bomb scare over two grenades found there in Oklahoma City Thursday, June 26, 2014. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman

Two grenades found at a downtown Goodwill store Thursday were determined to be inactive after a bomb squad was called to investigate.

Employees at the store, 316 S Blackwelder Ave., contacted police and evacuated about 10:30 a.m. after one grenade was found in an employee’s desk and another in a warehouse, police Capt. Dexter Nelson said.

Bomb squad members were on scene until about 1:15 p.m. before concluding there was no threat to the public.

“They were grenades, but they weren’t dangerous,” Nelson said. “They just didn’t have any explosive material.”

Police were originally told one grenade was located in a terminated employee’s desk, but further information indicated the employee had been placed on administrative leave Wednesday, Nelson said.

It is believed the grenades mistakenly entered the building through a donation, Nelson said.

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