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Live grenade turned in at Inglewood Gifts for Guns event

November 7, 2009 |  5:26 pm

The Inglewood Police Department was expecting to see handguns, sawed-off shotguns and assault rifles at its Gifts for Guns exchange today. The live hand grenade took officers by surprise.

They discovered the grenade about an hour after the event started, in one of several boxes of loose ammunition a man surrendered in exchange for a $100 American Express gift card, said Lt. Mike McBride of the Inglewood Police Department.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's bomb squad was called in to dispose of the grenade, McBride said. No injuries were reported.

This is the first year the Inglewood event has taken place, allowing people to surrender weapons, no-questions-asked, and receive gift cards.

Today's event, held in the rear parking lot of a shopping center, brought in at least 85 weapons in the first hour. By noon, about 149 firearms had been turned in.

-- Ruben Vives

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