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L.A. gun buyback nets 2,000 weapons -- including a grenade

May 9, 2010 |  7:56 am

Bomb squads investigated the grenade at the gun buyback on Sunset Boulevard as the street was closed to traffic.Officials said about 2,000 weapons were collected during Los Angeles' latest gun buyback program.

It was the latest buyback program held by the city of Los Angeles. Under the program, residents can drop off guns with no questions asked. In exchange, they got Ralphs gift cards or pre-paid credit cards.

Handgun and rifle exchanges were good for a $100 card; those exchanging assault weapons received $200.

The bomb squad was called to a buyback location in Hollywood on Saturday when a man came to exchange a grenade.

According to KTLA News, the device, which appeared to be a practice grenade painted to look like a live hand grenade, was blown up, and no one was hurt, authorities said. The man who brought the grenade to the buyback said it was given to him by his now-deceased neighbor as a souvenir of the Korean War. He declined to be identified but told reporters he felt bad about the whole event, according to KTLA.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Bomb squad in Hollywood. Credit: KTLA