SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Six hand grenades found at a Shreveport building on Friday have been turned over to military authorities.
Police and firefighters who were called to check on a man who had failed to show up for a lunch appointment found the grenades.
Fire Department spokesman Fred Sanders said because the grenades were military devices that local officials contacted nearby Barksdale Air Force Base for help. It remained unclear Friday night whether the grenades were live.
A man at the scene was taken to a hospital with what Sanders said was a bump on the head from a possible fall. Police said there was no indication that the man was the victim of a crime.
Why there were explosives in the building was being investigated. Sanders said it appears that the owner of the building was a collector of “different types of stuff.”
Sanders said police and firefighters were called to the building by a local doctor who was concerned about a friend who had not shown up for lunch.
The bomb squad was called after firefighters saw what they believed to be an explosive device. That device turned out to be fake, Sanders said, but at six grenades were found.
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