The Santa Clara County sheriff’s bomb squad is working on disposing of two World War II-era hand grenades found in a home near San Jose this afternoon, a sheriff’s spokesman said. Meanwhile, residents have been evacuated from surrounding homes. At about 10:30 a.m. today, deputies received a call from a person cleaning out the home of a deceased resident of the 15000 block of Chelsea Drive in the Cambrian Park neighborhood.
The person had discovered the grenades in a box, sheriff’s Deputy Kurtis Stenderup said. Deputies told residents in the immediate area to leave their homes, and gas was shut off to the home where the grenades were found as a precaution, Stenderup said. The evacuations were made based on bomb experts’ estimate on the size of a potential “blast radius” if the grenades were to explode, Stenderup said.
“Our bomb team is there working on it as we speak,” he said at about 1 p.m. A command post was set up nearby that included personnel from the Santa Clara County Fire Department and other emergency responders, Stenderup said. He said he does not yet know how the bomb squad plans to render the grenades harmless. “They will safely dispose of them however they feel is the safest way,” he said.
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