Possible decades-old grenade found in Dayton sewer

Dayton police Lt. Jason Hall walks back to his vehicle after removing what looked like grenade out of the sewer on West Riverview Avenue in Dayton. Jim Noelker/Staff
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Dayton police Lt. Jason Hall walks back to his vehicle after removing what looked like grenade out of the sewer on West Riverview Avenue in Dayton. Jim Noelker/Staff

A possible grenade believed to be decades old was found by a construction worker in Dayton Thursday morning.

The discovery prompted the Dayton Bomb Squad to respond to the 1200 block of West Riverview Avenue near North Broadway Street and close the road while they retrieved the possible explosive device. Crews are clearing the scene and the street has been reopened.

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Dayton police Lt. Jason Hall said the device had been in the sewer for a long time and had to be chiseled out.

“They were able to lower a robot down and they got pictures and determined that the device was there,” said Sgt. Creigee S. Coleman. “With the assistance of the techs on the bomb squad and the leader of the bomb squad the device was recovered and is now at a secure location. They are examining it to see if it’s live or determine the authenticity of the device.”

Personnel from the Dayton Fire Department said the item may have been a training device.

We are working to learn more and will update this story as more information is released.

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