SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) – Grenades were found Thursday morning in a residential garage in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood, prompting the closure of surrounding streets for nearly two hours while the devices were safely removed, a police spokesman said.

About five or six devices, believed to be live grenades, were found at  7:15 a.m. at a home in the 600 block of Potrero Avenue, San Francisco police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.

The grenades were found in a paper bag by family members sorting through the belongings of an elderly man who had recently passed away, Dangerfield said.

Residents living in surrounding buildings were evacuated while bomb technicians from the Police Department responded and safely removed the devices, he said.

Potrero Avenue and 18th Street were each closed for two blocks until about 9:05 a.m. when the grenades were all gathered and taken away by police, according to Dangerfield.

The grenades were disposed of by the bomb technicians, he said.

No one was injured during the incident.

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Comments (6)
  1. sleepy says:

    Hey CBS, thanks for waking me up at 7:30am with your helicopter and making sure I didn’t go back to sleep. I’m sure the other 2+ hours of video you shot is just as riveting as this fantastic clip. Well done! It’s no wonder people flash your pilots with laser pointers.

  2. Michelle says:

    Correction: elderly WOman.
    Sorry for the inconvenience, folks. My Aunt collected some weird things!!

  3. vince says:

    I live in that buiding alone. No knock at the door. No bullhorn “WAKE UP” I had to look the out window, see the tape, the cops, the no traffic. THanks guys.

    Yelled down to cop, told him I wanted out, he said no stay put. I said I had one of those colapsable ladders (for fire) under my bed I could be down in 5 minutes. He said “no stay put”. Found out later bombs were real and live. They exploded some- where glad it wasn’t the garage oh say……” WHEN THE ROBOT DROPPED THE BAG AND DROVE OVER THE BAG !!!” Made my day. One more near death experince.

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