We don't mean to impugn the authority of the Miami Beach Police Department, but about an hour-and-a-half ago they told one news station that they were "pretty much 100 percent" certain they had found a live grenade in a man's garage, and then a little more than an hour later another news station reported that the grenade was actually a toy. Whoops.
The incident started earlier today when a homeowner was cleaning out a home at the corner of 44th Street and Royal Palm Avenue that he had been renting out for two years. He was going through the garage when he opened a box and found a grenade-like object in the box and called police.
Naturally, MBPD took all precautions.
"At that point, we backed off; we closed off the 4400 block of Royal Palm," Miami Beach Police Sgt. Bobby Hernandez told WSVN. "We have it completely closed off to pedestrian and vehicular traffic."
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Hernandez then told the station that of his 100 percent certainty claim.
The Miami-Dade bomb squad was eventually called in.
Now NBC Miami reports that the bomb squad determined the item was just a "novelty item."