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May 6, 2014

Officials investigate grenade found near McAlester

McALESTER — Officials are investigating what appears to be a live grenade found near McAlester in Pittsburg County.

The “pineapple style” grenade was found  Monday and turned over to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Bomb Squad, said Pittsburg County Sheriff Joel Kerns.

“We are still searching the area for other possible explosives in the interest of public safety,” Kerns said.

Kerns said the pin was still in the grenade when deputies arrived at a residence on Cabiness Road.

According to a sheriff’s report, a man and his brother were cleaning the metal off a property on Buckleusky Road in Pittsburg County when the grenade was found.

The man said he took the grenade to his home on Cabiness Road because “he didn’t want anyone to find it and get hurt,” the report states.

“We called the OHP Bomb Squad to the residence, they retrieved the grenade and will test to see if it’s live,” Kerns said.

Results of the testing had not been returned by Tuesday afternoon.

Contact Jeanne LeFlore at jleflore@mcalesternews.com.

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