Police officers find ‘possible grenade’ near gas station in Miami-Dade

Man to gas station owner: ‘I have a grenade ... I found it’

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A police officer placed his hands in a shopping cart to dig through clothes, as he searched for a live grenade on Thursday afternoon near Miami’s Brownsville.

According to Detective Christopher Thomas, a spokesman for the department, officers found “the possible grenade” in a trash can near the Caraf Oil gas station, at 6151 NW 32 Ave.

Leo Gutierrez, the owner of the gas station, said a man who keeps all of his belongings in a shopping cart walked in flustered alerting them about a grenade, so he called 911.

“He came like all crazy saying, ‘Oh! I have a grenade ... I found it,’” Gutierrez said, adding, “I thought, in the beginning, it was a joke, but it wasn’t because that thing popped up.”

Officers investigate report of a live grenade in Miami

During the search, officers shut down an area of Martin Luther King Boulevard near Northwest 32nd Avenue until the Miami-Dade Police Department’s bomb squad experts detonated what appeared to be a grenade. No one was injured.

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