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Man accidentally blows off fingertip with grenade simulator

August 9, 2011 |  9:42 am

Chestnut A 20-year-old man blew off a fingertip and nearly lost his thumb when he set off a grenade simulator inside a house in Glendale over the weekend, police said.

In addition to the damage to his fingers, Roberto Jusay of Los Angeles suffered severe burns on his right hand, calf and left thigh, according to Glendale police reports.

Jusay had been handling the grenade simulator at a friend's home about 4:25 a.m. Sunday in the 1100 block of Chestnut Street, according to police.

As his friend asked him why he was holding the simulator, it detonated, the Glendale News-Press reported.

Police arrived at the Glendale home after calls poured in from neighbors who reported hearing an explosion.

Jusay originally told police that another friend in the Army National Guard gave him the simulator, but he later recanted.

Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said possessing the grenade simulator is a felony.

"We will be conducting a criminal investigation should he be found in illegal possession, or a person is stealing these from the government," Lorenz said.

All weapons are locked away and removed only for training and military action, which are closely monitored, a spokesman for the National Guard said. A grenade simulator is used for field exercises in military training.

"We don't let soldiers take them home and share them with friends," 1st Lt. Will Martin said.


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Image: Map shows where a man set off a grenade simulator in Glendale. Source: Google Maps