Replica hand grenade found at Appleby Line grocery store
On Sat. Jan. 10. Halton Regional Police were called to a Metro Grocery store at Appleby Line and Upper Middle Road in Burlington to investigate a replica inert hand grenade found on a counter by a store employee.
The employee looked at the item and found that the bottom of the metal item was drilled out and was hollow. The employee took the item to an open area outside of the store. Police officers examined it and confirmed that it was not an explosive device.
The item is designed to look like a World War Two era hand grenade and may have been designed as a replica for training purposes only. In this incident there was no actual threat to public safety as the item is not an actual explosive device.
Police have identified and interviewed the individual responsible for leaving the item and found that there was no intent to threaten or cause alarm to any persons inside the store and no criminal offence has occurred.
Replica hand grenades of this type can be purchased at military surplus stores and as on line purchases on the internet. Canada Post has placed a ban on mail delivery of these types of items as they cause unnecessary alarm when found in the mail delivery system. Citizens must be mindful that if a replica item of a weapon is used intentionally to cause fear or harm against any other person then it is a criminal offence in Canada.
Public safety is paramount in cases of this nature and citizens finding any items that possibly may be an explosive device are instructed to not touch the item. Move a significant safe distance away from the object and then notify the police via the 911 emergency communication system.
Due to heightened concern over recent world events citizens are asked to be observant and vigilant in reporting suspicious circumstances that may be a threat to public safety.
The Halton Regional Police Service is looking for any information from the public on this matter. Information can be directed to the Burlington-Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905 825-4747 ext. 2316 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).