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Grenade found in Lafayette detonated by military personnel

Posted: 5:50 PM, Feb 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-04 23:27:55-05

The grenade found Monday evening in Lafayette has been safely detonated.

KATC’s crews were out on the scene during the detonation which was handled by military officials from Fort Polk.

State Police confirmed to KATC earlier today that several agencies were on the scene of a live grenade found in the wooded area of the 200 block of Des Jardin Avenue.

KATC was told by The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office that the grenade was found by a man walking with his grandchildren behind his home in the woods. The call about the grenade came in around 4:15 p.m. Monday.

The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office handled the investigation until it could be handed over to military officials.

Those crews are traveled from Fort Polk to detonate the explosive. Officials tell KATC that the explosion would not be able to be seen but those living nearby might feel and hear the detonation.

KATC’s Justice Henderson who was on scene during the detonation reported hearing a loud explosion.

No evacuations were issued for area residents but law enforcement asked that those who live nearby to stay in their homes while the detonation occurred.

The Carencro Fire Department has also responded to the call along with the State Police Bomb Squad, as wells as the appropriate federal authorities for assistance.

Federal officials with The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives are also on the scene.

This investigation remains ongoing. There was no danger to the public during this investigation.

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