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Police confirm officers recovered inert grenade last week in downtown Columbia flowerbed


The Columbia Police Department has confirmed officers recovered an inert grenade in downtown Columbia last week.

Police responded to the 700 block of East Broadway around noon on May 11. Witnesses at the scene told ABC 17 News the device was found in a flowerbed in front of Central Bank.

A bomb tech was able to recover the device without incident. Police said it's unknown how long the inert grenade was in the flowerbed or who placed it there.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives defines an inert grenade as a grenade that is not active.

The police department continues to investigate the incident but believes there's no threat to the community.

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Zachary Farwell

Zachary Farwell is the assignment editor and former senior producer at ABC 17 News.


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