Grenade Found in Lower East Side Apartment, Police Say

By Patrick Hedlund on December 29, 2010 8:24pm 

Police found a hand grenade in an apartment on the Lower East Side.
Police found a hand grenade in an apartment on the Lower East Side.
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By Patrick Hedlund

DNAinfo News Editor

LOWER EAST SIDE — A building on Norfolk Street was evacuated Wednesday morning after police found an inactive grenade inside an apartment there, the NYPD said.

Someone inside a fifth-floor apartment at 106 Norfolk St. called 911 about 3:30 a.m. to report the explosive device, which the bomb squad ultimately deemed harmless, police sources said.

"They said get out because you're in danger," explained the building's superintendent, Luis Garcia, 45, who had to evacuate the six-story building along with all the other tenants around 9 a.m., when the bomb squad was called in to investigate.

The grenade was found to be "inert" and non-threatening after testing, the NYPD said.

Tenants were allowed to return to the building about 45 minutes after evacuating, Garcia said.

He noted that the tenant whose apartment the grenade was discovered in is in his 30s and has a reputation for odd behavior.

"He's a little bit crazy," Garcia said, adding that the resident has only lived in the building for about six to eight months.

"Who knows? Because we don't know the guy. Nothing [bad] happened today, but you never know."

Police were still inside the apartment about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

No one involved in the incident had been arrested as of early evening, the NYPD said.

Police discovered an inactive grenade inside an apartment at 106 Norfolk St. early Wednesday.
Police discovered an inactive grenade inside an apartment at 106 Norfolk St. early Wednesday.
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