Authorities investigate possible hand grenade found on downtown San Diego street

Posted at 11:05 AM, Jun 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-02 15:15:55-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - An object believed to be a grenade was discovered on a downtown street near San Diego police headquarters Friday morning.

The suspicious object was reported shortly after 10 a.m. in an area near 14th and E streets, authorities said.

James Durland, operations manager at the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center on Broadway, told 10News he was prepared to throw it away but noticed it said "hand grenade" and had military-like markings. Durland said he then contacted authorities.

The SDPD bomb squad was sent in to investigate, and authorities closed several nearby streets during the probe:

The Salvation Army building was evacuated, and Urban Discovery Academy (840 14th Street) was locked down during the investigation.

Trina Peterson at CrossFit Invictus (841 14th Street) told 10News people at the business were being kept inside as authorities looked into the object.

At about 11:50 a.m., investigators took the object away from the scene and authorities lifted all evacuations and reopened all affected streets.