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Residents allowed to return home after UA grenade scare

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The Columbus Bomb Squad determined these two apparent World War I grenades longer contained explosive materials and posed no threat to public safety. Residents around the 3800 block of Bickley Place were allowed to return to their homes by 10:15 a.m. Friday, July 18.
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Residents of an Upper Arlington neighborhood were allowed to return to their homes this morning roughly an hour after being evacuated due to the discovery of two apparent World War I grenades.

Upper Arlington Fire Division Public Information Officer Dan Kochensparger said several residents in an area around the 3800 block of Bickley Place were back in their homes by approximately 10:15 a.m. Friday, July 18 after the grenades were found earlier this morning.

Kochensparger said the Columbus Bomb Squad determined the two grenades found by a resident at her home in the 3800 block of Bickley Place no longer contained explosive materials and posed no threat to public safety.

She reported to Upper Arlington authorities around 9:16 a.m. Friday that she found two grenades in a storage box while cleaning her basement in the home on the city’s west side.

Kochensparger said “roughly three homes in all directions” of her home were evacuated as a precaution before the bomb squad made its determination.

He said the bomb squad concluded the grenades were of World War I vintage, but did not belong to her or anyone currently living in the home.

“We can say this material in this box was left behind by a previous resident of the house,” he said.

Look for additional details in the July 24 edition of ThisWeek Upper Arlington News

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