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Grenades Found In San Francisco Potrero Hill Building

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San Francisco bomb squad, grenades, Potrero Hill

San Francisco bomb squad robotic vehicles at the scene where grenades were found on Potrero Ave. between 18th and 19th streets , February 3, 2011. (CBS)

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.

(© 2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Bay City News contributed to this report.)

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