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Grenade causes evacuation in Los Altos

Vintage World War I explosive was in an elderly person's bedroom

Residences in a Los Altos neighborhood were evacuated by police on Monday after a potentially live hand grenade was found in a bedroom, the Los Altos Police Department said in a statement.

Officers responded to a call at 10:15 a.m. on Oct. 11 after receiving a call from a resident who found what appeared to be a grenade in an elderly relative’s bedroom in the 1700 block of Christina Drive. Police requested assistance from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad.

Four adjacent homes were evacuated and other nearby residents were asked to shelter-in-place, police said.

Santa Clara Sheriff’s personnel determined the device was a World War I vintage grenade that might be live. Out of an abundance of caution, it was detonated in the rear yard of the property, and occurred without incident.

Santa Clara County fire and paramedics personnel staged in the area to prevent any potential fire hazards resulting from the detonation and Pacific Gas & Electric employees conduct an underground service assessment in advance of the detonation. Residents in the surrounding area were notified in advance via Nixle, police said.

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Grenade causes evacuation in Los Altos

Vintage World War I explosive was in an elderly person's bedroom

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Mon, Oct 11, 2021, 9:20 pm

Residences in a Los Altos neighborhood were evacuated by police on Monday after a potentially live hand grenade was found in a bedroom, the Los Altos Police Department said in a statement.

Officers responded to a call at 10:15 a.m. on Oct. 11 after receiving a call from a resident who found what appeared to be a grenade in an elderly relative’s bedroom in the 1700 block of Christina Drive. Police requested assistance from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad.

Four adjacent homes were evacuated and other nearby residents were asked to shelter-in-place, police said.

Santa Clara Sheriff’s personnel determined the device was a World War I vintage grenade that might be live. Out of an abundance of caution, it was detonated in the rear yard of the property, and occurred without incident.

Santa Clara County fire and paramedics personnel staged in the area to prevent any potential fire hazards resulting from the detonation and Pacific Gas & Electric employees conduct an underground service assessment in advance of the detonation. Residents in the surrounding area were notified in advance via Nixle, police said.

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Croc Dundee
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Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Oct 12, 2021 at 2:14 pm
Croc Dundee, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
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on Oct 12, 2021 at 2:14 pm

This sounds more like an appropriate amount of caution rather than an abundance of caution


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