Pear Park cul-de-sac evacuated because of mystery box, ‘grenade’

Residents in a Pear Park cul-de-sac were evacuated by authorities for nearly three hours Friday over what one neighbor described as a fake, plastic hand grenade.

The Grand Junction Police Department’s bomb team was called around 9 a.m., after a resident found “suspicious” items in a box, which was discovered near the sidewalk at 3154 Booshway Court, Mesa County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said.

Benjamin said the box was “rendered safe.”

Homeowners were allowed inside after nearly three hours.

The box, similar to that holding a small music instrument, held a green plastic hand grenade, according to Mark Salmon, a neighborhood resident.

“It was obviously plastic and fake,” said Salmon, adding that the man who found it at one point showed it to children.

Salmon said he observed it, then drove to the dog park near Canyon View Park.

“Next thing I know, my cousin’s calling and says they’re evacuating the neighborhood,” Salmon said. “Nowadays, you can’t be too safe I suppose.”

Benjamin said more than one item was in the box, but refused to specify them. Asked if they were later determined to pose a legitimate threat, she said the case remains under investigation.

“We certainly believed there was potential for threat,” she said.


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