O.C. Lifeguard Arrested for Smoke Grenade: Police

By David Chang
|  Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013  |  Updated 7:24 PM EDT
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An NBC10 viewer captured a small explosion of a suspected

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An NBC10 viewer captured a small explosion of a suspected "hazardous device" in Ocean City Tuesday night. No one was injured.

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A South Jersey lifeguard was arrested after police say they found a smoke grenade in his possession.

On Tuesday, around 3 p.m., police received a tip about a “possible hazardous device” inside a vehicle at 36th Street and Central Avenue in Ocean City.

After an investigation that involved the FBI and the Atlantic City Bomb Squad, police found the owner of the vehicle and device, identified as 21-year-old Zachary Kranefeld of Millville, New Jersey.

After interviewing Kranefeld, the bomb squad searched his vehicle and secured his device. An NBC10 viewer from Ocean City sent in video of police detonating the device at a safe location on the beach.

Police describe the device as a homemade smoke grenade. Kranefeld was arrested and charged with the sale, possession or use of a prohibited device.

Police say Kranefeld is a full-time college student in New York who is currently working as a lifeguard for the Ocean City Beach Patrol. He was released on a summons.

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