Flea Market Grenade Forces School Evacuation

School evacuated after practice grenade found in student's backpack

Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013  |  Updated 11:35 AM EDT
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Flea Market Grenade Forces School Evacuation

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A fake grenade that looked real enough caused the evacuation.

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A fake grenade caused some real concerns in South Jersey this morning.

Students returned to the Elms Elementary School on Patterson Road in Jackson Township after they were relocated because a practice grenade was discovered in a student's backpack.

The school's website says the backpack was left in the parking lot. Students in the extended school year/camp program were moved to the nearby Goetz Middle School while police investigated.

The State Police bomb squad inspected the device and found it to be harmless.

Police Lt. Steven Laskiewicz tells the Asbury Park Press police talked to the student and the student's parents and learned the harmless item was purchased at a flea market.

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The school was evacuated for about 90 minutes Tuesday and no one was hurt during the incident.

 


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