Put. The. Grenades. Down. Now. Please!

Put. The. Grenades. Down. Now. Please!

NEWPORT, Ore. -- Question: Where do you put old grenades?

Answer: Down.

Three people flagged down a Newport Police Officer around 1:15 p.m.on Feb. 20 as he pulled into the police station and asked him where they could could rid of explosives.

The officer wasn't sure if there was a local option, but he asked what type of explosives.

Two World War II era grenades, they told him.

Where are they? the officer asked.

Right here, they said, holding out two small cardboard containers.

The officer told them to place the grenades on a metal dumpster inside a cinder block structure at the south end of the police department parking lot.

The officer contacted the Oregon State Police bomb squad, who advised him to cordon off an area 50 feet in all directions.

The bomb squad arrived from the Salem area around 3:30 p.m. and removed the grenades from the scene, verifying the devices were indeed authentic -- and potentially dangerous.

The people who brought the grenades to the police station had come to Newport to settle the estate of a deceased family member. They found the grenades among his personal effects.

Police say veterans of World War II and other conflicts sometimes have kept explosive devices like these grenades as souvenirs.

Due to the potential danger posed by any explosive device, explosives should not be moved when found, police say. A law enforcement agency should immediately be contacted for proper disposal.