Colorado Springs Police Detonate Live Grenade Found in Public Park

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Police in Colorado Springs, Colo. have safely removed and detonated a live hand grenade that was found wrapped in duct tape in a public park.

A recreation employee spotted the modified military-style grenade on Monday on the eastern shore of Prospect Lake at Memorial Park. The park is a popular tourist attraction and site of events such as the Independence Day fireworks display and annual Hot Air Balloon Races.

Sgt. Steve Noblitt says the grenade was found near a playground but was out in the open.

"It was right in an area where people could've been," says Noblitt, who would not disclose exactly how the grenade was modified.

According to Noblitt, bomb technicians are reconstructing the device to look for fingerprints and other clues about who left it there. The technicians say the device could have hurt people within a range of about 15 feet if it had detonated in the park.

"It did pose a threat to the public and we're glad we got to it when we did," Noblitt tells the The Gazette newspaper in Colorado Springs.

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