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‘Hand Grenade’ Found at Midtown Row Determined to be Rubber Toy

(City of Williamsburg)

WILLIAMSBURG — Williamsburg Fire and Police departments responded to a call of a possible hand grenade in the 200 block of Monticello Avenue at 9:08 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, that was later determined to be a rubber toy.

The suspicious device was found in the parking lot of Midtown Row — on the Earth Fare side. Upon seeing the device, public safety officials evacuated the surrounding businesses and called for assistance from the Newport News Bomb Squad, according to a City of Williamsburg press release.

The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) also responded to the scene.

After an investigation, the device was determined to be a rubber toy resembling a hand grenade. There is no danger to the public.

The City of Williamsburg thanked the FBI, ATF, and the Newport News Fire Department bomb squad for their swift and professional assistance.

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