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Grenade brought to police desk prompts evacuation of New Milford Borough Hall

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot File Photo

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: New Milford Borough Hall was briefly evacuated this morning after a local resident brought a hand grenade that she said she found in her backyard to police headquarters.

The Bergen County Police Bomb Squad removed the device, which still had the pin in it, Police Chief Frank Papapietro told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

“The grenade was real,” BCPD Capt. James Mullin said. “But it didn’t appear to have the parts necessary to detonate.”

It was being turned over to the U.S. Army, he said.

The woman brought the grenade to the front desk of police headquarters around 8:20 a.m. She said she found it after the last winter snow melt, Papapietro said.

An officer then took it to a dumpster out back, the chief said.

“What a way to start the day,” he said.

New Milford firefighters were also on scene.

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