Toy Grenade Causes Black Friday Shoppers to Evacuate

A crowd of Black Friday shoppers was evacuated Friday afternoon from a store in Highland, Indiana, after reports of a suspicious device turned out to be a toy grenade. Highland police Commander John Banasiak said police were called to the Meijer grocery store after receiving a call that a customer found a device in a shopping aisle near a trash can.

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Highland police and fire and Porter County Bomb Squad were called to the scene, he said.  “An agent from the ATF quickly arrived and upon a closer inspection of the device, it was found to be a toy grenade,” Banasiak said.

Source: UPDATE: Toy grenade prompts Black Friday Meijer evacuation in Highland | Lake County Newsletter |

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