Grenade found on beach not real

Posted at 1:11 PM, Feb 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-11 13:11:16-05

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Investigators now say the hand grenade that was discovered at the Port Charlotte Beach Complex on Wednesday was in fact just a replica.

Members of the Southwest Florida Regional Bomb Squad Disposal Group say the grenade contained no explosives.

The complex had to be evacuated Wednesday morning when a man came across the item and believed it to be real.  David Green told Fox 4 that a man came up to him asking him if he had a cell phone.  "I found a grenade!" Green said the man told him. "We didn't think it was real. We went over there, dumped it out, and it was real."

Bomb squad members were able to safely remove the item and reopen the beach a short time later.

Thursday morning, members of the Charlotte County Dive Team conducted a secondary sweep of the beach complex in search of any further items. None were found and that complex was deemed safe.