Six replica hand grenades on sale at a downtown novelty store were confiscated, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
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According to fire officials, a SDFRD bomb squad captain recently found the items at the unidentified store. The store's owner and workers were not aware that the state prohibits the sale or possession of the replicas.
A Metro Arson Strike Team detective contacted the Florida manufacturer, who said they were not aware the replica grenades were sent to California. The manufacturer said they would refund the local business owner.
"At first glance, they look like the real thing," SDFRD Capt. John Wood said. "And unless you look closely you might not know the difference. They are very well made replicas. What's more they could be modified to be real grenades."
According to SDFRD officials, a first-time offense for owning a novelty item a fake hand grenade is an infraction, unless the person is a documented gang member.
SDFRD officials said disposing of the replica grenade could be tricky. Wood advises anyone with a fake hand grenade to call 911 and inform the operator of the item.
SDFRD officials said a bomb squad employee will take the item and there will be no penalty.
According to SDFRD officials, throwing the replica grenades away is not an option because the items could be discovered in the trash, which would trigger a full response by the bomb squad.
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