MEYERSDALE BOROUGH — A man cleaning out the basement of a home at 107 North Street in the borough made a frightening discovery that resulted in two blocks being evacuated.
He found a hand grenade.
The man picked up the grenade and carried it out to his vehicle just to get it out of the home, and then called Meyersdale police at about 2:05 p.m. Wednesday.
"He figured that was the safest thing to do," Meyersdale police Officer Rich Brant said. "The Pennsylvania State Police bomb squad arrived and we were assisted by the Meyersdale fire department and Meyersdale EMS."
Meyersdale cordoned off about two blocks surrounding the car with the grenade inside and evacuated several homes nearby the vehicle.
The state police bomb squad safely removed the grenade and the scene was cleared by about 6 p.m.
Brant said he did not hear whether the grenade was live and could have exploded.
"This was my first incident like this," Brant said. "Mostly for us it was just scene containment, making sure we had cleared the area and got our residents to safety. Everything went well and there were no injuries."
No charges will be filed.