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Citrus Heights police say device mistaken for grenade posed no danger

Streets have reopened and residents at a Citrus Heights apartment complex have been allowed to return home after police determined there was no danger from a device that had been mistaken for a World War II-style grenade.

Citrus Heights police spokesman Officer Anthony Boehle said police were notified about 4:30 p.m. that a woman cleaning out her late father’s residence had found what she thought might be a hand grenade. As a precaution, nearby units in the apartment complex were evacuated in the area of Kingswood Drive and Sunrise Boulevard.

To accommodate agencies called to assist in the investigation, a portion of Macy Plaza Drive and Kingswood Drive were closed at the Sunrise Boulevard intersection, causing traffic to be rerouted during the evening commute.

Boehle said it eventually was determined that the device was not a grenade and posed no danger to residents in the area. He declined to characterize the device and said an investigation is continuing.

Boehle said part of the area was reopened to traffic about 6 p.m. and police activity at the apartment complex was wrapped up about 8:15 p.m.

While recognizing that people were inconvenienced by the street closures and evacuations, Boehle said police deemed it best to err on the side of caution.